When it comes to being green, almost anything is possible – sometimes it just pays to ask. This is especially true when having printing done. While using sustainable materials and a green attitude is admirable, and sometimes even more affordable, the bottom line is that many printers will automatically choose the easiest method by default, whether it is eco-friendly or not.
There are obviously plenty of excellent reasons to seek a greener printing process. Beyond its environmental stewardship alone, there’s also the fact that you can wow your customers a bit too, by promoting that you think green in all of your business practices – many customers demand this attitude now days, while almost all customers at least respect it.
So let’s get down to the details. Here are six helpful tips to keep in mind when it comes to green printing…
Inquire About Printing with Recycled Paper
If possible, ask for recycled paper that has been bleached with a chlorine free process. By using a chlorine free process to prepare recycled paper for new use, fewer harmful substances are released into the environment.
Ask For Sustainably Harvested Fiber Papers
Because paper can’t always be 100% post-consumer recycled and still achieve the same quality and brightness standards of new paper, sometimes it’s necessary to utilize papers made from pulp produced with new (virgin) fiber. To be as green as possible, ask for papers produced from sustainable or renewable virgin fiber resources – not those made from old growth forests.
Consider A Printer That Believes In Using Renewable Energy
While it’s not always possible for printing companies to source renewable energy to power their operations, some are more conscious about it than others. Keep this in mind.
Ask Your Printer to Use Vegetable Inks
Soy-based ink is one type of green ink that’s very commonly used. Beware that most standard traditional inks are actually made from petroleum products. And, some colors even contain dangerous metals and elements. Ask your printer for the details to keep your inks of all colors “green.”
Does Your Printer Save on Material?
By paying close attention to the actual quantities that will be needed, you can reduce the amount of materials used and waste created. Also, by using standard sizes for your printed goods, this will reduce overages and wasted material due to scrap created from cutting unusual shapes and sizes.
Be Aware Of Shipping
When you have professional printing done, one aspect of keeping it as green as possible is to make sure the shipping of finished goods is efficient as possible. Of course, the best thing to do here is to consolidate any orders in to one shipment. And although it might not always seem like it, the major shipping services are quite efficient and are becoming more and more green in their transportation and delivery practices.
Aiming to keep your printing as green as possible is definitely an admirable thing to do. By following these six pointers, you’ll be well on your way to accomplishing the goal!