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Why and How Green Printing Works

Updated on July 18, 2013

Environmental problems have been changing the way businesses do their thing, and so eco-friendly practices have been taken on – from recycling office papers to reducing energy use. However, a good majority of these people are still doubtful of the wonders of green printers, dreading that production costs might shoot all the way up. What they fail to see is that, with enough planning, green printing is rather easy and very much cost-effective, and with a few production specialists, "green" services for clients are now made easily available.

Printing, in general, uses up so much energy. Visit any workplace, and you’ll be surprised by how printers, as well as copiers, rank among the most energy-exhaustive fixtures. Additionally, printing wastes trees – with 10,000 sheets, or more than one tree, being used by an average office employee per year. Clearly, it costs a lot of money. But with the “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) printer inks emit, printing might just cost you your health, too.

Having said that, how do we continuously give our businesses a boost, all while making a positive impact on the environment? Simple: by going green.

Expand your documents' margins.

Perhaps the simplest display of “going green,” expanding your standard-sized documents’ margins means allowing for more text to fit on each page. This compression of text then results in a fewer number of pages to be printed out later on.

Use both sides of the paper.

Similar to the first tip, double-sided printing also helps cut back on the number of pages to be printed. Explore your printer for a bit, and try to find “Duplex” in the settings. If there’s none, consider switching to a printer that features duplex printing.

Reuse paper scraps.

Printing can sometimes end in a lot of waste papers, but it’s nothing anyone can’t manage. To reduce such wastes, reuse the same sheets of paper for one-time printing or quick note-taking.


Tossing papers into trash only adds to the massive volume of solid waste that accumulates by the ton every single day. Sort out your documents, and give those that don’t contain confidential information a new use: as a packing material, for collages or paper mache, etc.

Once you’ve done all these, take “going green” to a whole new level by “green screening” your suppliers or going paperless. For the former, simply ask your vendor if they offer soy-based inks (for fewer VOCs), have a waterless printing system, and use renewable energy sources; and for the latter, by making the most of electronic file sharing.

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With the way businesses operate today, printing is definitely here to stay. While it comes with environmental threats, there are always practices we can take on, which prove to be less harmful to the natural world. We do them the right way, and we might just be able to trim down all sorts of paper wastes, reduce paper use, and save energy. We keep them all in mind, and we might just be able to keep the Earth impeccably clean and green.

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    • tebo profile image

      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Lots of good ideas. I now only print out at my local library. It is so much cheaper than buying your own ink, as I don't print very often. My ink usually dries up before I use it up. Thanks for the follow. I shall now follow you.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Why and How Green Printing Works, great hub with useful points and well informed hub on this topic.

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      someonewhoknows 4 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Printing is becoming less necessary like the postal service.People are sending email etc. LEGAL DOCUMENTS are still needed though just in case the electronics goes out.

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Useful hub on Green Printing. Voted up.