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Our environment is constantly under attack by our careless use of natural resources. As a responsible custodian of our world, it is important that we look at all our activities to find the most eco-friendly way to go about business as usual.

In this post, we look at ways you can alter your printing practises to help save the environment and save yourself a few bucks in the process.

Every time you hit print, you use valuable printing supplies such as paper and ink. This isn’t necessarily a problem if you are getting a perfect print every time, but what about the times when the alignment of a document isn’t quite right? Or the print appears faded? Or a picture prints out across two pages when you only wanted one? The cost of these misprints, while seeming minor in isolation, soon add up.

This, in turn, leads to more ink and laser toner cartridges being purchased and thus more ink and toner cartridges manufactured. Empty cartridges, wasted from misprints, end up in landfill. Non-recycled paper also contributes to the growing landfill problem.

So how do you remedy this kind of mistake and save on office supplies? The answer is printing smarter – printing that uses the minimum amount of print consumables possible. There are a few simple tips to keep in mind in order to make your printing smarter; implement a few of these in your home or your office and you should find your home and office supplies last alot longer.

1. Review Your Print Settings

To prevent the above mentioned misprints, all you need to do sometimes is just to check your printer settings. Take a few minutes to review all printing perimeters before hitting the print button and mean the difference between a successful print and one that will get chuck into the bins.

A few key things to consider when reviewing your print settings include making sure the printer is set to only produce a large photo onto a single page, checking the formatting of a document to make sure it’ll print out as it appears on your screen and taking advantage of duplex printing, should your printer have the capability.

2. Consider Quality

If you are a perfectionist, you will be very tempted to print absolutely everything in the highest quality possible. However, this isn’t the most eco-friendly of approaches.

Instead of printing in high quality as standard, consider what the document you’re producing is going to be used for. For internal office documents, for example, you can probably get away with printing at a lower quality and thus save yourself some valuable ink supplies.

To change the quality of your print-outs, go to the control panel (or whatever alternative your OS features) on your computer and change the print quality to ‘draft’ in Printer Preferences. Draft mode uses less ink and is more eco-friendly than standard printing. As a bonus, it’ll also improve your printing speed! So it is win win for the environment and your productivity.

3. Think Before You Print

Before you hit print on a document, consider if the document could be shared with whom it is intended for in a digital format. Sharing docs online negates the need to use print consumables, while also reducing the office clutter produced by throwaway memos.

Changing the way you think before you print is easy and doesn’t cost you a penny to implement either at home or in the office. The benefits of these minor changes are plentiful too; not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, you will also present your business as a more digital advanced one where documents and specs are just a click away. It will also make you look more agile and approachable. Why not?