How to be a 'green' printer

Regular printer user and want to do your bit for the environment? Here's some top tips for how you can reduce your carbon footprint.

We're quite into our green printing here at INKredible – it makes sense, right? Thing is, there's a bit of a perception that printing is an energy-sapping process – don't printers guzzle a lot of ink and use a fair bit of electricity?

Well, not really. Not if you use your loaf anyway. In fact, going green when it comes to printing is perfectly possible. Here's a few ideas to get you started.


How to be a 'green' printer

Duplex printing

Why not think about using both sides of the page? Sounds obvious, but it's amazing how many people simply don't bother. OK – it won't work for everything but in some cases, like for work and university assignments, it will actually make your prints look a lot better.

The vast majority of modern printers now come with built-in duplex printing options, so you've simply no reason not to. You'll cut the amount of paper you use in half.

Recycle

We all know how easy it is to recycle printer paper, whether at home or in the office, but did you know you can also recycle your printers, ink and toner cartridges, too? Yes, it's perfectly possible. There are lots of companies out there that will do it for you, some will collect and some ask you to post them off.

Recycling your bits in this way also helps around the home – because you won't have any old printers and ink cartridges clogging up the garage!


Does everything have to be top quality?

For some things, it will be necessary to really put your printer to work and use colour ink and lengthy print runs.

But when your prints don't have to be top-drawer, why waste quality ink you simply don't need to? If it's just something you'll be using as a draft, do you really need to go the whole hog and have all the ink levels set right to the top? Probably not.

And while we're on the theme, exploring what your printer can really do is also a good idea. Look a little deeper into the options and you'll find there are a whole host of things your machine can do.

While these practices are undoubtedly good for the environment, think also how much money they'll help you save too.


1 Comments


  • 03/02/2014 14:57

    Have you considered a recycling scheme for your cartridges?


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