Environmental Benefits of Managed Printing

Posted on February 3, 2017

When organizations and companies make a concerted effort to improve the environmental sustainability of their business practices, going paperless is often at the top of the list. It’s true, going paperless has numerous benefits both economically and environmentally, so it is always an option that Centric Business Solutions can help you explore and implement. However, if your ultimate goal is to go as green as possible, the reality is a bit more nuanced. There are energy use implications inherent to digital media production, so going fully paperless may not be as friendly to the environment as you hope to be. As with most things in life and work, balance is key. There is always a cost to doing business, but with a carefully managed printing setup you can reduce the environmental cost through avoiding paper waste, adopting modern technology, and potentially reducing your carbon footprint.

Avoid Paper Waste
As previously stated, going fully paperless isn’t always a fail-safe greenest option. There are environmental implications for both paper use and digital media production, so rather than cutting out one or the other, instead ensure that both options are used as carefully and intentionally as possible. There is a vast difference between paper use and paper waste. When a printing environment yields an inconsistent product or is difficult for staff to operate, that’s when stacks of misprints end up in the recycling bin without ever having served their purpose.

Adopt Modern Technology
Printing technology is always improving, and the systems that are engineered today not only prioritize business environments, but are also designed for smart energy use. Recycling old equipment and replacing it with newer machines can have marked energy benefits. Additionally, in a managed printing environment you have access to cartridge recycling programs that prevent these potentially toxic materials from being disposed of incorrectly.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
In today’s global environment, conducting business with faraway partners is a daily reality for many professionals, especially here in the Mid-Atlantic region. Sometimes there is no better way to collaborate than getting into a room together, but air travel is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. A robust office technology environment can improve and enhance distance collaboration, so that you don’t need to get on a plane every single time something needs doing.
Here at Centric Business Solutions we will take the time to listen to your goals, and if improving your environmental practices is among those goals, we can help. Contact us (https://www.centricbiz.com/contact) today so that we can analyze your operations and determine what solutions we can offer, so that you can achieve an optimal business performance in an environmentally friendly way.