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Green Up Your Office Printing

Posted by Michelle Rochford

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November 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM


More and more businesses are looking at ways to green up their offices but many overlook the impact that printing can have on their carbon footprint. If you’re a business owner or manager, I’d encourage you to assess your printing environment and printer usage as even small changes can make a big difference to your environmental impact. Here are a few things to consider:


Printers can consume large amounts of electricity, depending on the model and whether they are in stand-by or print mode.

  • Take advantage of the energy saving features that put machines to ‘sleep’ in idle periods - this can save hundreds of dollars each year on energy consumption
  • Tonnes of emissions can be saved each year by switching to renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Choose energy-saving products

Business managers can save money on energy bills by choosing ENERGY STAR® compliant products.

  • Many of Fuji Xerox’s products can “learn” your workgroup’s usage patterns and automatically adjust between power saving and ready modes to help conserve energy
  • Be aware of new technologies that save on energy. Fuji Xerox S-LED (Self-Scanning Light Emitting Diode) and DELCIS (Digitally-Enhanced Lighting Control Imaging System)control technology can provide up to 45% power reduction.


With multiple devices, office managers will buy many different types of consumables such as toner, often on an ‘as needed’ basis. This can generate a lot of waste and expense.

  • Fuji Xerox’s Solid Ink technology is a cost effective, sustainable way to print colour documents. Instead of cartridges, Solid Ink printers use solid ink blocks that produce up to 90 per cent less waste versus comparable laser devices. Solid Ink has been certified to have 30% bio-derived renewable material content and Solid Ink printers use less energy than similar laser printers over their life cycle.

Paper, paper everywhere

Paper may seem cheap per page but it adds up across a company. The average Australian worker uses a whopping 10,000 A4 sheets each year - that’s equal to 10 million trees! Here are some simple tips that can help reduce the amount of paper used in printing.

  • Print out only what is necessary
  • Use the computer preview function to proof read documents carefully on screen to avoid having to print multiple copies
  • Print double sided (duplex), where possible, to reduce the number of pages used – this should be set as a default print option where possible
  • Use paper trays to collect single-sided printed scrap paper which can be used for notes or re-printed on.

Switch to 100% recycled office paper

Less than 5 per cent of the 1.2 million tonnes of printing and writing paper used in Australia each year is recycled content. Most manufactures will have several paper options available.

  • Do some research to see what the best option is for your office’s printing needs. Fuji Xerox offers environmentally responsible choices for paper with recycled paper and paper that adheres to internationally recognised standards for sustainable forestry management.

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Topics: Office Printing, Carbon Footprint, Green Printing

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