Ten Ways To Print More Sustainably

Ten Ways To Print More Sustainably

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Printing sustainably is an essential part of reducing our impact on the environment. The printing industry is a significant contributor to deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste.

Here are ten ways you can adopt sustainable printing practices.

  • Reduce paper usage: Print only when necessary and try to use digital options whenever possible. If it is necessary to print in high volume, use double-sided printing to save paper.

    • Try eco-friendly paper: Explore paper options made from recycled content or from sustainable sources like bamboo or sugarcane.

  • Print in black and white or use "draft mode": Printing in color uses more ink, which is not only more expensive but also requires more resources to produce. If the pages aren’t intended for long term use, try printing in a lower resolution and just using monochrome options.

    One option for reducing ink is to use the “draft mode” on your printer to reduce the amount of ink or toner used. If it isn’t a final document that needs to be in high resolution, this is a good option.



  • Use remanufactured ink cartridges: Choose remanufactured ink cartridges to help reduce plastic ink cartridge waste and to reduce the taxation on natural resources to create new cartridges.


  • Invest in more energy-efficient printers: If buying a new printer, choose printers that are Energy Star certified, which means they use less energy and are more efficient.

  • Use print preview: Preview your document before printing to ensure it looks correct and avoid wasting paper on multiple reprints.

  • Recycle: Recycle used paper, ink cartridges, and other printer-related materials. When your ink cartridges are spent, send your empties into www.PlanetGreenRecycle.com instead of tossing them into the trash. Even ink cartridges thrown into the recycle bin have a likely chance of being put into landfills. Recycling helps avoid ink cartridge waste.


  • Donate or reuse: Consider donating or reusing old printers and other electronic equipment instead of throwing them away. Virtually every city has a location where you can properly recycle or donate old and functional printers. Give them a new life before just throwing them away.

  • Opt for digital signatures: Instead of printing and signing physical documents, use digital signatures to reduce paper waste. In today’s digital world, document storage and even the simple practice of obtaining signatures can happen on screen.


  • Participate in paperless billing: Many companies now offer paperless billing options, which can help reduce paper waste and clutter. Opt-in for electronic bills and statements instead of receiving paper bills in the mail.


By adopting sustainable printing practices, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint and minimize waste while still meeting our printing needs.

Whether it's reducing paper usage, properly recycling ink cartridges, or opting for digital signatures and paperless billing, there are many ways to print sustainably. It's essential for individuals and businesses alike to take action and make a commitment to sustainable printing practices.

Together, we can work towards a more sustainable future for generations to come.

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