Eight Tips for Greener Printing

By Mathew Wrighton – The United Nations marked June 5th as World Environment Day to raise awareness and encourage action to protect our environment. Here we play our part and look at printing with eight tips to consider ensuring your organization is doing what it can to curb wasteful printing.

If you have a confused look on your face – why is Y Soft, who is in the business of supporting printing – encouraging less printing, let me explain. Our business is all about helping organizations print smarter by providing ways to reduce costs, increase document security and improving productivity and all those things mean printing less. Read on and you’ll see exactly what I mean.


According to Statista, it is estimated 399 million metric tons of paper was consumed globally in 2020. This figure is expected to steadily increase to around 461 million metric tons by 2030 with paper accounting for around 26% of total waste at landfills. Businesses around the world are taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint. 


We know that printing plays an integral role for many businesses, and this can be a difficult area to make changes. Recycling paper is a great start, but let’s delve deeper for a bigger impact. Here’s are eight tips to consider for printing with sustainability in mind:

  • Plan. Adopt a green printing policy to become both more economical and environmentally minded with your office printing. Wasting paper, ink, and toner doesn’t make economic or environmental sense. Consider the paper, energy, and other materials being used and strive towards an ethos of mindful printing. Get corporate buy in on obtainable goals for reducing paper, ink, toner and energy and the policies that will be put in place to achieve those goals. In some organizations, sustainable printing is part of corporate printing governance.

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