Category Archives: Green Printing

Paper is Environmentally Friendly!

The paper industry has sustained consistent criticism over recent years that its practises are imperilling the environment by destroying forests to boost profits! This accusation that making paper is a danger to the environment has become increasingly loud, particularly as society has become more digitised.

On the other hand, the paper industry has a strong counter argument: Its practises are environmentally sound and it boosts a commitment to sustainable forestry. This is an argument promoted by paper and print advocacy group, Two Sides, which ran an advertising campaign in 2015 that featured in the National Press promoting the sustainability of paper and print.

Key messages of their campaign were that Europe recycles 72% of paper consumed and European forests have increased in size by 30% since 1950. Two Sides also actively encourages people to go and visit their paper mill and see the day-to-day workings.

Print Week recently visited a paper mill owned by UPM in the Bavarian Town of Augsburg and discovered that much of Germany’s forestry (which covers around a third of the country) is certified to certain ecological and socio-economic standards, a level of accreditation that UPM demands from all its supply partners.

There is also a strong commitment within the industry to boost a variety of trees, allowing the forest ecosystem to adapt to environmental change, such as changes to climate. Furthermore, paper companies are persistent in ensuring that the suppliers they use are committed to recycling, with many ensuring that there are best practises in sustainable forestry and wood sourcing.

Printing Resolutions That Save You Time and Money

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Most people enter a new year looking to make improvements, whether they want to lose weight, save money, or spend more time with friends – why should your business be any different? Like most businesses, you can probably improve efficiency in your office or save money by making a few small changes – you can even save the environment in the process!

Save Money on Your Printing

Every business has to be concerned about the bottom line – improving office efficiency typically reduces unnecessary waste and costs. There are a number of ways that you can reduce your printing costs and ensure that you have a more affluent 2017:

  • Use a print management solution: print management allows you to set processes that reduce your wastage – you can set up your system so that print jobs are only released when someone is there to pick them up, for example, which means that you do not waste money on unnecessary printing.
  • Update your defaults: set all of your printing defaults to mono and double sided to avoid wasting toner and paper.
  • Review your print set up to see whether you could rearrange your printers or lease agreement to reduce your monthly costs.

Stop Wasting Time on Your Printer

If your team are spending a lot of time manually scanning, collating, saving into the appropriate folder, or even sorting print jobs out, you need to assess your equipment and print management. Modern printers have a huge range of options that allow you to scan directly into the appropriate folder, scan into an email attachment, and even fold or staple brochures if you print your marketing in-house.

Be a Little Greener in 2017

Every saving – whether in paper, toner, or electricity – helps to reduce your environmental impact. By saving money, you can also save the environment.

3 Ways to Reduce Your Print Needs


A paperless office has been a dream for many business owners for over a decade, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that completely abandoning paper is both unrealistic and counter-intuitive for many businesses. However, that doesn’t mean that your business cannot cut down on print requirements and streamline processes to reduce your waste.

Reduce Your Number of Printers

Many of our clients come to us with a number of printers – all from different manufacturers and set up differently, which makes it difficult to create a cohesive and useful print environment. One simple way to make your printing easier and create valuable print processes is to have fewer machines that do more. Printers are often shared by just 2-3 employees – increasing that ratio to around 7-8 employees per printer reduces your overall lease costs and allows you consolidate your processes to fewer machines.

Scan and Share

Not every single process requires a printed document. If you still have files full of customer contracts and less and less space to put them, simply scan your contracts and store them in the cloud. This reduces the risk of losing important paperwork and means that you can find files and contracts in seconds without ever leaving your desk.

Print from Anywhere

Cloud printing means that you no longer have to physically be in an office to print, or even need an on-site printer. People can print documents from any cloud-connected device to any printer – whether it’s 2 desks over or in another country. Many printers are already cloud-capable, and just need the necessary apps installed to make the most of those capabilities.

These simple tweaks to your existing system can result in significant savings, both in terms of your monthly lease costs and your daily printing requirements. For a more in-depth review of your print environment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

Mode Print Solutions are a CarbonZero Company for the 2nd Year

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We believe that every business needs to have a commitment to the environment and the wider world that we live in. That’s why we joined the CO2balance Kenyan Energy Stove Project and devoted resources to become a CarbonZero company from September last year.

The CO2balance Kenyan Energy Stove Project supplies energy saving stoves to villagers throughout Kenya. Traditional Kenyan cooking is done on a three stone fire, which is incredibly inefficient and fills villagers’ homes with smoke which can cause or exacerbate a range of health issues. The brick stoves provided by the CO2balance Kenyan Energy Stove Project reduce firewood usage by 50% and lower carbon emissions through cooking. Other benefits are that it makes cooking more cost-effective, reduces deforestation, and improves health by reducing the amount of smoke that cooking creates. Indoor smoke is dubbed the ‘kitchen killer’ and causes 1.9 million deaths in Africa every single year.

We’re proud to be part of the project and to help both the environment and people around the world who have the same concerns and needs as us – healthy food, healthy homes, and the desire to leave a better world for their children. Initiatives such as the Kenyan Energy Stove Project allows us to give back to the global community to improve life for less fortunate families and reduce harmful emissions that are driving global temperatures upwards.

Climate change is arguably the most significant issue facing the global community today, and we believe that all businesses and people need to unite to do what they can to reduce carbon emissions. To find out more about our commitment to the environment, take a look at our Green Promise.

Rio 2016 Promotes Environmental Responsibility with FSC Paper

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Just over 10 years ago Brazil had the highest deforestation rate in the world – since then, governments and charities have focused on improving responsible forestry and the impact of timber and paper businesses on the environment. Rio 2016 is a fantastic opportunity put those priorities on centre-stage, which is exactly what organisers have done.

The Rio 2016 Committee has partnered with the FSC to increase environmental awareness around the games and ensure that all products acquired for them – from structural timber to stationery – are FSC certified.

214 organisations have become FSC certificate holders since the Olympics agreement was made, including paper and graphics partners. Some FSC suppliers were even chosen as Olympic torch-bearers to acknowledge the work they do in taking care of Brazilian forests.

The paper used by the Olympics events include 7.5 million tickets, 37,347 awarding diplomas, 5,130 Authenticity Olympic and Paralympic medal certificates, 93,754 participation certificates, 237,877 celebration certificates, and the Rio 2016 sticker album.

Kim Carstensen, FSC Managing Director, said “We are very proud to be associated with the Olympics because it is a global event with a very important audience that has allowed us to increase sustainable awareness around the games themselves, as well as motivate people to use responsibly sourced forest products.”

Sustainability and the environment have always been priorities for Mode Print Solutions, which is why we place an emphasis on intelligent printing and recycling. As part of our commitment to the environment we offer a toner recycling programme and a range of tools that will help your business reduce paper use and streamline document processes. If you’re inspired by the Olympic games and the FSC to improve your relationship with the environment, please get in touch to find out how we can help you achieve that with your print processes.

Efficient Printing and the Environment – Why it’s Everyone’s Responsibility

Efficient printing

Efficient printing is one of the ways in which you can actively help to create a sustainable environment in your organisation. Efficient doesn’t just mean fast and simple, it can also mean sustainable.

The planet aside, efficient printing will also save you money by reducing your consumption of toner and of paper.

There are certain key elements which should be put into play to ensure that your print efficiency is working at maximum capacity – they are as follows:

  • Follow me printing: This means releasing your print job through a secure code to any machine in your organisation. Follow me printing reduces the waste caused by abandoned prints.
  • Rules-based printing: Reducing toner consumption by defaulting to mono printing and printing only the current page. This is especially relevant when it comes to large email streams.
  • Print draft copies: Running a draft copy before large jobs prevents expensive mistakes which saves both paper and toner.
  • Print preview: This is an important function for checking orientation and formatting are correct before printing.
  • Energy efficiency: Always ensure that machines are switched to “night mode” which ensures they enter stand-by mode when unused. You can also set larger print jobs to run at night which will enable you to benefit from cheaper electricity.

The importance of keeping control of print output in the workplace cannot be underestimated. Creating print policies for example are relatively simple but ensuring that the rules are followed is another matter.

Mode can assist you in managing and implementing rules and strategies which will help you to achieve green printing and fulfil your environmental policies.

Contact Mode Print Solutions today to learn more about Mode’s commitment to the environment.

Printing and the Environment

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Concern for the environment is at an all-time high and with global warming a very real concern, there’s little wonder that many enterprises are looking at ways of reducing their carbon footprint.

Mode Print Solutions are passionate about their part in the environment and as a result are involved in a number of schemes and innovative programmes to help us all make a difference when it comes to the environment.

Recycling Cartridges

Mode Print Solutions is proud to be in a position to assist clients with their cartridge recycling and Mode’s Service Department are on hand to offer advice as well as practical help to those who need it.

Carbon Zero

Mode is also passionate about carbon neutrality and constantly measures and manages its carbon footprint in order to minimize impact on climate change.

Working towards this goal is made even more satisfying by a consistent and active part in world climate change. Mode’s actions include investment in carbon reduction projects in the UK and in the developing world in order to offset carbon emissions.

Mode considers environmental action to be an integral part of its work and the company looks forward to continuing to support and foster environmental action in the future.


World Environment Day June 5th 2016

Mode is always aware of our environment not only locally but also globally. So on 5th June we would like to acknowledge and support World Environment day.

Since its inception in 1974, World Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on increasingly urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. Millions of people around the world have been motivated by the ‘people’s day’ for action, and this has increased in momentum into a global movement through the expanding WED website and social media.


This year’s theme for World Environment Day – Go Wild for Life – encourages us to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of your own to help safeguard them for future generations. This can be about animals or plants that are threatened within your local area as well as at the national or global level. Whoever you are, and wherever you live, show zero-tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife in word and deed, and make a difference.

Wildlife crime endangers iconic elephants, rhinos, tigers, gorillas and sea turtles. In 2011, a subspecies of Javan rhino became extinct in Vietnam, while the last western black rhinos vanished from Cameroon the same year. Great apes have disappeared from Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo, and other countries could quickly follow. Lesser-known victims include helmeted hornbills and pangolins as well as wild orchids and timbers like Rosewood – flowers and timber are also considered wildlife!

Mode already plays its part in being committed to being a Zero Carbon company as well as our internal recycling policies that we encourage all our clients to participate in. We also recognise that whilst as individuals we often feel that we cannot make a difference, we know that together by each playing a part either in business or individually, we CAN make a difference to protect our environment.

To find out more about our environmental policies, visit Mode’s environment page on our website.

Mode Survey Indicates Positive Trends for Cloud Technology

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Mode’s recent in-depth survey of a variety of SMEs from different sectors including the medical industry, hospitality, finance and manufacturing has indicated some very clear and very positive trends for the future when it comes to cloud technology.

It’s not actually so long ago that dark predictions of a future without the need for print or paper were being bandied about in the world of both print and computing. This ‘death of print’ however has not only failed to materialize but quite the opposite.

The digital economy and an increasingly mobile business environment is behind a rise in the demand for cloud printing solutions and figures indicate that most companies are finding both the flexibility the cloud offers as well as the opportunity for more remote working opportunities are instrumental in their plans to continue implementing the use of cloud-enabled printers within their workspaces.

Cloud-enabled printers or multifunctional devices (MFDs) are revolutionizing the way SMEs and larger organisations manage their day-to-day business, expanding content-management possibilities beyond the realms previously imagined.

With the latest technology, the humble printer becomes a productivity enhancing fixture, saving time and money in the modern cloud-enabled workplace.

Providing a gateway between paper and digital is the ultimate aim of the latest advances and according to Mode’s survey, businesses are getting on board.

The need for print hasn’t gone away, we just want more flexibility

An overwhelming majority of SMEs currently using the cloud and surveyed by Mode, indicated that they planned to continue using the cloud over the coming year. Those SMEs also stated that the most important benefits already experienced were more flexibility and better opportunities for employees to benefit from remote working.

Flexibility is a key word here with a significant amount of participants looking to the future and planning to implement the necessary changes which would offer their workforce the benefits of more socially advantageous, remote and flexible working arrangements.

Home-based workers are a growing group within the UK and those figures are set to rise as more and more employees are seen to be taking advantage of the opportunity when it is offered. 13.9% of the British workforce were working from home in 2014 and as this figure is set to rise, employers will need to implement changes to their infrastructures to provide for this.

Growth in cloud solutions indicated despite predicted decline in IT spending

Recent research by Gartner Inc. has indicated that while expenditure on a global level is set to decline in 2016 when it comes to devices, the predicted growth of software expenditure is forecast to rise by 4.2%.

Of those SME’s surveyed by Mode who were not already using the cloud, 50% of them were open to or planning on implementing it in future. This could herald a change in the predicted shrinking of expenditure on devices as those companies not already benefitting from cloud solution jump on board.

These figures also indicate that despite the recent news illustrating a predicted downturn in global IT spending over the coming years, SMEs at least, appear to be planning quite the opposite.

In fact, 41% of those surveyed who were already using cloud computing solutions, indicated that they were planning to increase their cloud usage over the coming year which could have a knock-on effect on the trends for investment in new devices.

The cusp of change

We are still at the very brink of the changes which are allowing employers and workforces alike more flexibility and free movement thanks to mobile and cloud technologies and this is in part why change is so rapid and so difficult to predict accurately.

With around 60% of SMEs feeling they lack the knowledge and skills to successfully make the move towards full implementation of cloud computing and still more stating that they have security concerns in relation to utilising the cloud within the workplace, the future seems uncertain; however, government funding announced in 2015 to provide SMEs with grants worth up to £5,000 to pay for specialist advice to boost their cyber security, at least one aspect of the issue is more than surmountable.

As knowledge, funding and accessibility improves, it is almost certain that the predicted growth of cloud computing as seen in Mode’s survey, will continue to develop and be implemented sooner rather than later.







The Merits of Stone Based Paper

stone based paper

First developed in the 1990’s, stone paper has been expanding and improving ever since. Stone based paper is made from the remnants of mining; it is powder ground from stone and has some amazing benefits.  Read on to find out more.

What Is Stone Based Paper?

Stone based paper is made when nontoxic resins bond with calcium carbonate, creating a naturally white paper that is durable and eco-friendly.

Environmental Merits of Stone Based Paper

Environmentally, this paper is sound.  You can make it using 30% less power than recycled paper and there is no timber pulp needed for its manufacture.  That said, it solely uses electric power- there isn’t a washing and drying process which can add harmful particles to the air.

Calcium Carbonate is naturally white, so there isn’t a need for acid bleaching, chlorine, or any other whitening processes.  It’s also recyclable, yet no waste water is produced when it’s recycled.  Plus, it can be recycled with your paper recycling.

General Benefits of Stone Based Paper

Water resistant, durable, and silky to touch, stone based paper has a lot to brag about.  It promises that you won’t get a paper cut, while you’ll still be able to make an excellent paper airplane.  You can find stone paper marketed under a variety of trade names- it’s printable, grain free, and burns cleanly with no toxic fumes expended into the air.

There are other additional benefits to stone based paper.  It has a weighty feel that conveys a sense of luxuriousness, while being super strong and tear resistant.  You can write on it when it’s wet; divers use it underwater for their notebooks for this reason.

There are some drawbacks to stone based paper. You wouldn’t want to use it for large mailing campaigns due to its weight.  Its natural whiteness will also create some colour variation, which is something to bear in mind.  Print projects using stone paper are impressive and great for presentations and projects meant to impress.  Stone based paper is not meant to replace tree based paper- it’s more like a new, occasional alternative with some very appealing benefits.

For information on print based solutions, contact Mode Print Solutions today.

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