Busting the Myth that Printing is not Sustainable!


Printing is sustainableThe digital revolution has meant a switch over to non-paper-based communication, increasingly reinforced by penalties and supplementary charges for using paper. But has misinformation been the driving catalyst for this change? Did you know that one of the main reasons companies want to shift to electronic delivery is to save money and not necessarily be environmentally responsible. It is a well-known fact that people understand, retain and use information better when in print on paper, and paper is in fact sustainable when consumed responsibly. For example, double-sided printing in the office and collection schemes will reduce costs as well as improve sustainability. There are software packages available such as GreenPrint that isolate blank pages for example, thus reducing the number of binned sheets of paper. If companies want to save money, then investing in a printer that takes compatible cartridges easily is a good idea (most printers do). As it is often the cartridges that add to the running costs of printing, knowing your cartridge options for your particular printer becomes of paramount importance. You can search for cartridges by navigating using the make and model of your printer on the InknTonerUK website on the quick search toolbar.

The European paper industry recycles at the rate of 72% (2016 figure) – and with recycling collection systems improving this rate is set to increase. As you know, the main raw material is wood; if harvested in a carefully controlled and sustainable way, it makes printing a sustainable industry. In some countries, in particular, in the tropics, the conversion of forests to industrial plantations is a cause for concern, but that is not the case in Europe where most of our paper is sourced. In fact, European forests have increased in size by an area the size of Switzerland in just ten years. The paper, pulp and print sector is one of the lowest industrial emitters or greenhouse gasses, accounting of 1%of global emissions. And with many customers still valuing paper-based communication, it might be wise to not go entirely digital.

If you want to print in an environmentally friendly manner, but worry about the quality of your prints, rest assured that buying remanufactured cartridges from a trusted vendor like InknTonerUK would guarantee that your remanufactured cartridges would perform as well as a new cartridge. Look our for the pink ‘premium’ label on the products on the site for premium remanufactured products. Compatible cartridges on the other hand are great value alternatives for everyday use.

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