4 Tips for Green Printing

The environment is a big concern for consumers and businesses alike, resulting in a rising level of respect for companies who are environmentally friendly. With that said, you might be wondering how to reduce the impact your business is having on the environment. A great place to start is with your printer. It’s worth assessing how much energy you’re using and how much toner and paper is being wasted every day. By paying attention to such things, you’ll be able to figure out how to be kinder to the environment, while reducing overall costs. Here are four tips to help:

1.     Be Energy Efficient

If you have a large print job pending, it is worth waiting to do it at night when the electricity costs less. You should also print a test copy to make sure it’s perfect before you print off lots more. This will help avoid mistakes and therefore save paper. When the printers aren’t in use, you should set them to “stand-by” mode, as well as the rest of your office technology.  Be sure to share your printer across each department in your business.

2.     Use Recycled Paper or Responsibly Sourced Paper

Many printers allow you to use recycled paper, however, lots of devices aren’t compatible. If you’d like to use recycled paper but you’re unsure if you can, please give us a call and we’ll happily help. Mode recommends responsibly sourced paper with FSC® or PEFC and EU Ecolabe labels.

3.     Follow Me Printing

Follow me printing is widely popular and has many benefits. As well as being convenient and secure, it also reduces waste and is therefore better for the environment. With follow me printing, the user is asked for a code before they can release their print job. This prevents abandoned prints, which is just a waste of paper and ink.

4.     Opt for an Eco-Friendly Printer

If you’re really serious about going green then this is a great option. Despite using less energy than other printers, eco-friendly printers still offer exceptional performance.


If you want to know more about eco-friendly printers, or how to be more environmentally friendly around the office, get in touch and a member of our team will be able to give you some advice.

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