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Going Green when printing

going greenWe all want to reduce wastage of printing paper in our offices. This not only saves us money, but it also helps conserve the environment. Below are some of the strategies that can be used to achieve this:

  • Print on both sides of the paper, and reduce the width of margins and font sizes. These options reduce waste and save both resources and money.
  • Keep your mailing list updated. Evaluate your data, delete duplicates, remove those who have requested to be off, and target your mailings to specific audiences. This can help save money on printing and mailing costs, provide you with a more effective mailing, and reduce waste throughout the printing process.
  • Request paper with pulp that is brightened without the use of chlorine. Chlorine bleaching creates a toxic, bio-accumulative waste by-product called dioxin. By demanding alternatives to chlorine-bleached papers, you help create new markets and encourage paper mills to move away from polluting production practices.
  • Use paper labelled totally chlorine-free (TCF) or processed chlorine-free (PCF). Both terms mean that the mill did not use chlorine compounds to brighten the paper. Talk to your paper vendor or printer about the price and availability of TCF and PCF papers. Both significantly reduce the persistent, bio-accumulative compounds in the mill wastewater that are associated with the traditional chlorine bleaching process.
  • Request inks with non-petroleum bases, such as soybeans or linseed.green printing
  • Request inks that emit low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Non-petroleum-based inks are usually lower in VOCs.
  • Use pre-press technologies that eliminate or reduce hazardous materials, such as direct-to-plate printing.
  • Buy paper that is produced by a company with a stated commitment to environmental stewardship, and to minimizing ecological impacts and ensuring long-term sustainable production.
  • Purchase and specify post-consumer recycled content papers. This helps expand the recycling market and assure recycling programs stay viable and effective. It also closes the loop by diverting waste from landfills and incinerators. As an added benefit, purchasing papers made from recycled stock means using fewer trees to make the paper.

Hope these strategies will go a long way in helping you conserve paper and the environment!