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3 Ways to Reduce your Print Carbon Footprint

Printers are a necessity for many businesses, but they don’t have to be harsh on the environment if you take the right steps to reduce your carbon footprint.
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Did you know a single laser printer can produce around 45 kilos of waste each year? As most businesses continue to rely heavily on printing, being environmentally friendly is more important now than ever. Using a carbon footprint calculator is an easy way to better understand how your current printing habits may be impacting the environment.

Let’s review the top three ways you can reduce your carbon footprint through smarter printing practices.

1. Call in the experts with Managed Print services

If you want the best way to reduce your carbon footprint through printing practices, then start by consulting a Managed Print provider. At CSG we offer an all-inclusive printing solution that lets you work closely with our print experts, together with vendors like HP, to upgrade your printing environment.

By engaging this service, you’ll receive an expert review of your current printing setup, which can include an assessment of the impact you are having on the environment. A CSG Managed Print expert will then work with you to help you identify a print system that not only meets the needs of your business, but also reduces your environmental impact.

2. Consolidate your print machines

Every machine you use at your company will require more energy and resources. This means if you can find a way to consolidate the number of print machines your business uses, you’ll be improving your carbon footprint.

If you have a printer, fax machine, and copy machine, consider upgrading your technology to an all-in-one multifunction printer from HP. This is a solution many businesses have used before. For example, when MetLife, Inc. teamed up with HP to implement a Managed Print service, they reduced the number of devices in their offices by 30%. This dramatic shift not only improved their environmental impact, but also allowed them to save on print costs.

3. Implement a paper conservation program

Here’s a shocking statistic: Nearly 65% of documents get thrown away the day they are printed. This is a large amount of waste, especially for businesses that do a lot of printing. A comprehensive paper conservation program will help reduce the amount of paper you go through as a business, which once again isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for your bottom line.

There are a few steps you can take to ensure the recycling program you put in place has the most impact:

  • Ensure that there are clearly marked recycle bins located near every print machine
  • Send regular reminders to all staff about your recycling program
  • Do your best to conduct paperless meetings by using display screens or asking people to bring their laptops with them
  • Whenever possible, digitise the documents you use to save on paper (CSG can also help your business implement this).

If you’re ready to take steps to improve your print carbon footprint, CSG is here to help. Get in touch today to discuss how our Managed Print options can help your business and the environment.