Save a Tree – Sustainable Printing Ideas


Here are a few suggestions to reduce paper consumption and support sustainability efforts:

  • Request 2 sided printing for multi-page documents, thus eliminating half of the paper use.
  • Make your document available electronically instead of printing it when feasible.
  • Send out meeting minutes and agendas electronically in advance to allow attendees the opportunity to review them on the computer.  Don’t hand out printed copies to everyone at meetings.
  • If you are printing a multi-part carbonless (NCR) form, evaluate whether you still need 4-part vs. 3-part, etc.  Not only can you save paper, but significant cost.  A single photocopy on regular white paper is 3.5 cents.  A single copy on NCR paper is 7.2 to 7.9 cents per sheet depending on how many parts per set.
  • Use white, 8 ½ x 11” paper wherever possible.  8 ½ x 11” colored paper costs at least $1.00 more per ream, and 8 ½ x 14 and 11 x 17” papers run 2 to 3 times as much.
  • For forms or documents you use frequently, calculate your anticipated use for a several months supply and submit a request for a larger volume.  It is more cost effective to print your document once by avoiding making the same plate master multiple times.
  • Switch to remanufactured toner cartridges rather than buying new, brand-name toners.  Cost savings are significant.  Check with Purchasing or Information Technology before you do for recommended vendors that will guarantee their product and any risk to our printers.

Do you have other ideas?  Please share them!


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