Top Ten Green Printing Practices

As much as possible the use of recycled paper and ink for printing should be strictly followed. Although recycled paper may not be always available in all the possible sizes, renewable inks are readily available in the market.

Green printing involves adopting practices that are easy on the environment in terms of causing minimal pollution. Switching over to greener options in organizations require a paradigm shift in the way we are accustomed to working.

The following simple initiatives can go a long way in the direction:

  1. Use of recycled paper and ink

    As much as possible the use of recycled paper and ink for printing should be strictly followed. Although recycled paper may not be always available in all the possible sizes, renewable inks are readily available in the market.

  2. Reviewing design formats

    One of the major reasons of wastage is due to elaborate designing. The designs and presentations should be thus reviewed so that not much ink is wasted in terms of bleeding. A more compact design that occupies lesser space and restricted colors is advisable. Another way could be by choosing to print on small sizes of papers thus limiting paper wastage.

  3. Use of vegetable based inks

    Vegetable and soy based inks are not only easily degradable but they also contain less toxins and carcinogens. Besides, they are derived from renewable resources as opposed to petroleum based inks thus causing less harm to the environment as well.

  4. Use of bio degradable coatings

    The use of bio degradable coatings for book covers, brochures or media papers is a highly recommended option to go green. These coatings can easily break down while recycling and cause less pollution.

  5. Judicious use of paper

    Use of paper judiciously not only saves a lot of paper but resources from which such papers are made. Restricting the number of pages used in the presentation by either reducing margins, decreasing font size or by printing on both the sides is a great initiative in this regard.

  6. Printing if and when necessary

    It is observed that in many meetings printed presentations go waste either due to large volumes or less number of people attending the meeting. A great way to save paper here would by printing exactly when required just at the start of the meeting so that an exact number of people attending the meeting can be calculated and prints do not go waste. It’s always better to use eco friendly paint to write on paper, so that if the paper is wasted it does not harm the environment.

  7. Use of plastic coil

    Wherever necessary instead of binding the presentation one could opt for recycled plastic coil. These recycled coils not only look impressive with their neutral colors but are also eco friendly.

  8. Use of soft copies

    Instead of using hard copies it is a great option to switch to use of soft copies. Carrying the presentations in CDs, pen drives or disk drives is an equally effective method in this regard that cuts on use of paper as well as ink thus saving both money and the environment.

  9. Switching over to e-mails

    In this era of computers saving on resources becomes even easier. The easiest way to save on papers and other resources is by sending emails rather that hard copy letters or memos.

  10. Strategically placing trash cans

    Placing recycle bins near copiers and printers and encouraging the staff to collect waste papers that can be reused later is an equally effective option. Not only this reduces the use of fresh papers but also makes use of the papers that may end up in the waste bins.

    Although adopting the above changes may require some time to get accustomed to, if the people in even a single organization get aligned to the above practices it would make a great difference to our environment.

It is definitely a challenging job for established companies to give their logo a complete makeover for fear of losing brand identity. Nevertheless, in the present competitive world it is important to stay tune with the times and taking the risk can after-all make the company appear more progressive.

About the author: Claudia is a blogger by profession. Usually, she loves writing on luxury and technology. These days she is busy in reviewing an article on most expensive elements.

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