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Using too much paper?

Ink cartridges aren’t the only consumable that can cost you. Paper isn’t as expensive, but if you use a lot of it, it can definitely make an impact on your budget. And if you use a lot of it unnecessarily—well, that’s bad for the environment and bad for your bank account. Here are a few tips for cutting down your use of printer paper—whether you’re at home or at the office.

Be selective about what you print. You may not need to keep paper records of everything. Consider saving some important documents electronically instead. If you’re worried about the fallibility of electronic storage, store the documents on several different disks or thumb drives as well as on your computer. That way, you should be able to retrieve the documents from a different source even if your computer catches a virus or your first backup disc gets scratched.

Print on both sides of a piece of paper. This can cut your paper usage by half if you do it every time. Print on both sides of a piece of paper—set your printer to print this way if it has the capability, or take the time to print each page individually and reload the paper manually if it’s a smaller document. This may seem like a lot of work if your printer won’t do it automatically, but if you only do it for small print jobs it can still save you paper and money.

Be careful of what you print online. Sometimes it can be tough to tell how long a page is online until you print it. If you only need a certain section of a web page, copy the section you need into a word document and print that instead. If you need the whole thing but aren’t sure how long it will be, simply cut and paste only the text into a word document. You may find that you don’t need everything if it’s that long—or it’s not worth printing out at that length. Cutting and pasting the text into a word document for printing purposes can also save on printer ink.

Use the Preview feature. You should be able to look at a picture of how each document will look when you print it by clicking on “Print Preview” under “File.” This will keep you from printing a document that doesn’t look the way it should—before you fix the error. You can also check to see if any lines of the document go over into an extra page—you may be able to adjust your margins or edit the document down so that it fits on one page.

Communicate via email. Some traditionalists bemoan the downfall of the hardcopy letter. But it may not be such a bad thing to send your letters primarily via email. Don’t print out letters and send them in envelopes. Instead, use your email account and contact friends, family and others via email—and you’ll save plenty of money in postage as well as in paper. In addition, if you send important graphics and documents as PDF or Word attachments via email, you can save on paper as well.

Don’t copy—scan. If you have a multi-function printer or access to a copier at work, don’t copy every document. Instead, scan the original and make a digital copy. Once you have that, you can email it or store it on your computer—and you won’t need to waste paper or ink making another hard copy of the original. This can also save you plenty of money on paper at the office or at home.

A lot of paper is wasted in the office and even at home—and cutting down on how much you use can reduce costs as well as making your office or home more environmentally friendly. Be careful of how much you print—don’t print unless you absolutely have to, and send most important documents and communications via email. When you do print, use both sides of the page and use the Preview feature first to make sure you’ll only have to print once. With these and other measures, you should be able to reduce your paper waste.



Solid ink colors: true, vibrant…and earth-friendly.

Solid ink’s cartridge-free design and minimal packaging, its nearly waste-free printing process and its safe, toxin-free solid ink sticks make it a very environmentally-conscious way to print.solid-ink-earth-friendly

Less consumables means less to throw away.

When a laser printer runs out of toner, you are left with big, bulky print cartridges that need to be disposed of. Not to mention other replaceables such as fusers and imaging units.

Solid ink printers use compact solid ink sticks with no cartridges. So when you run out of ink, there’s nothing left to throw away. And because the ink sticks are so small, there’s also less packaging to recycle. The only other replaceable unit is a maintenance roller. This lasts for tens of thousands of pages, so it only needs to be replaced a few times in the life of the printer.

“Over the 4 year life of a typical cartridge-based toner printer, the waste generated amounts to 450 lbs. A Xerox solid ink printer produces only 23 lbs. of waste!”

Save valuable real estate.

Besides drastically reduced landfill waste, Solid ink’s cartridge-free design and minimal packaging also means less energy used during manufacturing and less storage space for better transportation efficiency and fewer delivery trucks on the road — saving you shipping costs while benefiting the environment. Solid ink packages are small enough to fit in your desk drawer, saving your work environment too. There’s no need to take up an entire cabinet with printer supplies.

“A Xerox solid ink printer produces only 23 lbs. of waste!”

Multiple functions use less power.

When you choose a solid ink MFP, it does the work of several stand-alone office products (printer, copier, scanner and fax) while consuming less electricity.

More ways to save with solid ink

Efficient use of paper Standard features like automatic two-sided printing and copying and N-up printing fit more output onto a single sheet, saving time, trees and money.

Save more with free software With every Xerox solid ink printer or MFP you buy, you can download GreenPrint™ software for free. It automatically highlights and removes unwanted pages — like that last page with just a URL, banner ad, logo, or legal jargon — prior to printing. A reporting feature keeps track of the pages and money you’ve saved.

Scan to save paper The email and scan-to-fi le capabilities on solid ink MFPs replace the need to mail hardcopy documents, reducing paper inventories and minimizing the energy required to deliver documents by air or ground transportation.