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Green printing

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Green printing is described as the movement in the printing industry wherein recycling, reusing, and reducing are done to lower the number of resources used for printing and advertising.[1]

This method involves the use of low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) inks, recycled paper, energy-efficient computers and equipment, remanufactured laser toner cartridges and ink cartridges for printers, paperless information dissemination, attempts to educate the public on green printing.[2]


Green printing has a lot to offer for the environment and for the savings on printing costs as well. When fully accomplished in an office or even at home, the expenses can be cut by up to 70% or more depending on the strategies applied.[3]

When it comes to environmental concerns, green printing can help in conservation and preservation. On the use of recycled paper, the paper manufacturing industry has been quite active in seeking ways of producing their products without having to process pulps that are acquired from trees. This simply means that the thousand or more pounds of solid waste left when producing non-recycled paper could be reduced, allowing trees to live longer and become stronger for another set of years.[2] Another good example of green printing strategy is the production of remanufactured printer cartridges, which are made up of recycled cartridges that have been inspected and tested before selling. These printer supplies reduce the number of resources used when creating OEMs, which helps preserve nature. Up to 97% of remanufactured cartridges are recyclable cutting the number of waste dumped each day.[4]

Green printing is an essential aspect of sustainable and compostable packaging. For example, when it comes to printed compostable adhesive label stickers or bio-plastic bags or stand-up pouches, a green printing solution is necessary to retain the integrity of the final and complete compostable packaging solution. Every aspect of the packaging should be green and eco-friendly. [5] These types of label stickers and bags are necessary to use when creating a complete sustainable and green printed packaging solution.

There are a lot of things that can be done to make everyday printing greener. When it comes to paper or material used for printing, paper made out of post-consumer waste, processed chlorine free, uncoated, or treeless can be a good option to replace standard paper.[6] These types of paper are made through advanced technology that studies have shown to have little or no effect on the environment.[3]

Since printing also involves supplies such as laser toners and ink cartridges, the use of remanufactured types can be of great help in trying green printing techniques. Third party printer supply stores that manufacture these items assure their customers of high quality and eco-friendly printing at an affordable price.[7][not in citation given] Remanufactured products also undergo several tests to ensure that these items will perform at their best without harming the environment.[4]

Common Issues[edit]

There are a lot of misconceptions about green printing that still leave companies hesitant in trying, like the belief that recycled papers and remanufactured printer cartridges only create low quality prints. This has long been the subject of debate, but the manufacturers of such products have actively informed the public that applying recyclable materials for printing can provide the same high quality output that they get from the usual supplies. The only difference is the cost of recycled products, since they are usually cheaper, despite being more environmentally responsible than more traditionally produced products.[3]


See also[edit]

  • Environmentally friendly

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