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Earth Day is fast approaching (April 22nd) and is the perfect time to take stock of  your printer usage, costs, and the resulting effect on the environment.

How much do you know about the impact office printing has on the environment? Test you knowledge with our quiz!

Quick Quiz (answers below):

1: How many pages does a typical office worker print in a day?
a) 34    b) 18    c) 45

2: How about in a year?
a) 5,000           b) 10,000         c) 15,000

3: What percent of office printed paper ends up in the trash by the end of the day?
a) 25%     b) 35%            c) 40%

4: What percent of used print cartridges end up in a landfill?
a) 15-20%           b)35-40%        c) 60-80%

Answers: 1A; 2B; 3C; 4C

Printing has become such an ingrained part of business today, most of use never stop to think how many resources we’re using and the long-term effects, both ecologically and financially.

Small changes in print behavior can be a good starting point:

  • Set print defaults to “grayscale” or “fast draft” to conserve toner.
  • Remove unnecessary logos, images, photos and graphs from documents before printing.
  • Recycle used toner cartridges.

But you can make larger changes as well.

  • Consolidating and streamlining your printer fleet saves plenty of resources.
  • Using digital documents not only cuts down on your use of paper and toner, it reduces the need for large storage spaces and increases productivity and security.

Green up your office and to save money and resources
A Managed Print Services representative can perform an onsite assessment that will give you a better picture of how much your office prints, and how you can lower that number without compromising productivity.

Looking for more ways to “green” your print environment? Check out our Print Smarter, Print Greener video for more tips to get started!

Green Office Solutions, New York & New Jersey


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