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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Managed Print Services

August 14, 2019 at 9:40 AM / by Laina Davidson, Digital Marketing Specialist

In today’s world, the business community has come under increased pressure to reduce carbon footprints. For many businesses, this represents a significant transitional challenge. Anything that can make carbon footprint reduction easier to achieve is highly sought after. Here’s why managed print services are one of the most effective tools for reducing carbon footprints and what managers should know about them.

Environmentally Conscious Consumers: Why It’s Important for Businesses to Reduce Carbon Footprints

Consumers today, especially millennials, have proved to be very environmentally conscious. Their interest in the health of the environment has been putting pressure on companies to go green. These customers are making a brand’s environmental track record as a determining factor of whether they will buy from them or not. With more pressure to reduce carbon footprints mounting every day, it’s in every business's best interest to go green.

Carbon Footprint Basics

What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is “the amount of carbon dioxide (CO₂) and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.” according to a Google search. When you drive a non-electric car, heat your home with oil or gas, the food your purchase and consume, and even your electricity use all factor in your CO₂ emissions. That usage is expressed as tons of CO₂ emitted per year. This calculation can be done for individuals, groups, events, or organizations.

Why Does Your Carbon Footprint Matter?

Understanding how your business generates greenhouse gases, and how to reduce those emissions, will help you develop more economical, socially responsible, and cost-saving processes. From a larger perspective, more and more businesses are looking to their carbon footprint as a means to cut out waste in their processes, introduce new technologies, reduce the negative impact on the environment, and grow their sustainability efforts.

How Managed Print Services Can Help Businesses Go Green

When businesses go green and become more sustainable by reducing the carbon footprint, managers need to know where to look to make improvements. In companies of any size, printers and copiers generate some of the highest outputs of carbon. They contribute to the carbon footprint in the form of toner and cartridges. Here’s how managed print services can reduce that large carbon footprint.

Managed Print Services and Recyling Toner Cartridges

One of the most tangible ways managed print services can reduce a business’s carbon footprint is by partnering with a company with a toner cartridge recycling program. When thrown in the trash, toner cartridges live for over 400 years in a landfill. This means that if William Shakespeare had a toner cartridge to throw away during his life, it would still be in a landfill to this day.

By participating in toner recycling, companies can reduce their environmental impact substantially.  Sophisticated toner recycling programs will provide recycling bins for all empty cartridges and the cartridges are picked up by the managed print services provider when full. Once the cartridges are picked up, they are sent to be recycled in a closed loop recycling process. This process is multi-phased and the materials are separated and refined for use in new ink and toner cartridges.

Businesses who recycle cartridges can make a difference that will resonate with the environmentally-conscious customers of today.

Saving Paper

The amount of paper passing through office printers every single day is astounding. Savvy managers are looking for ways to cut back on paper usage without compromising on work quality or productivity.

While using remanufactured toner cartridges will help cut down on carbon emissions, so will reducing the use of paper. MPS will decrease the amount of paper used, not just documents using pull print, but by setting up the driver to print duplex as the standard. Small things like this will save not only money but the environment.

Managed print services also help companies save paper by practical applications of active monitoring, which allows an MPS to make recommendations on paper usage. Users who are abusing printing privileges by printing large quantities of unnecessary documents or using printers for personal use can be identified and subsequently managed.

Benefits of Pull Printing

Using a software system provided by managed print services, thousands of pages that were printed in error can be deleted automatically. Another potential thousand pages can be removed as well because they are unclaimed.

Other benefits of pull printing include:

• Safe printing, anywhere, anytime

• Print to your printer of choice

• Documents won't get lost

• Mobility

How MPS can Reduce Energy Consumption by Increasing Efficiency

Managed print services can significantly reduce energy consumption for any business. Many companies are using outdated. aging printers, which tend to use more energy than newer, more efficient models.

Clunky, old printers are liabilities that businesses can't afford anymore. Not only does an aging printer fleet drive up the electric bill, they are also costly in terms of operational efficiency. Odds are, if the printer is old enough to use excessive amounts of electricity, it's old enough to start experiencing performance problems.

By upgrading the printing fleet and consolidating to fewer, more energy-efficient printers, businesses can make a difference in the environment and their electric bill.

Achieve Sustainability with ImageNet’s Managed Print Services

ImageNet is an award-winning leader in Managed Print Services. With over 60 years of experience in the print and technology industry, we’ve developed our MPS to save you overhead costs and help you reduce your environmental footprint simultaneously.

Unsure if your print environment is costing you efficiency and overhead? Talk with one of our Managed Print consultants today and set up an assessment of your entire print environment, from printer and users to your print network. Get a sustainability upgrade today with MPS!

Topics: Sustainability

Written by Laina Davidson, Digital Marketing Specialist

Laina Davidson is ImageNet Consulting's Digital Marketing Specialist.

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