ETIRA have created a series of videos to support our Reuse, Reduce, Recycle message, the second of the series focuses on Reduce. 

Our campaign is focusing on two key messages, including:

  • Reducing the amount of paper used, and 
  • Reducing energy consumption.

Are you frustrated with your office printer?

In most businesses’ employees hate the printer…

  • The printer says it is Available, so why is your computer saying the printer isn’t available?
  • Do not let the printer know you’re in a hurry…. Paper jam!
  • Printer Unavailable…replace yellow toner. When you do not even want a colour print!

Don’t worry, we have some tips to help you “reduce” the impact of your printer on the environment.

  • Turn it off – when the office is empty and switch it back on in the morning – it really will survive and every little bit of energy you save helps the planet
  • Consider – Do you really need to print?
    • Digital Proofing
    • Share Electronically
    • Sign Digitally
  • If you do need to print – print on both sides

Here are a few additional things you can do.

Formatting Tips

  • Reduce margins down to 1.9cm
  • Use single line spacing
  • Reduce font size to reduce pages
  • Use efficient fonts like Times New Roman or Arial that use less space

Best Practices

  • Print only the pages you need using the ‘Print Selection’ function
  • Proofread your document carefully before printing
  • Use the ‘Print Preview’ mode to make sure what you are printing is exactly what you want

Printing Tips

  • Use scrap paper for drafts
  • Print 2 or 4 pages per sheet (2-up/4-up) where possible
  • Print on both sides of the paper where possible and consider changing your default print settings to double-sided

Last but not least

Always THINK TWICE before pushing the print button and if you do, use a reused cartridge to save the environment, reduce your footprint, save money and defeat the gremlin in your printer.

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