Publish date: 06.05.22
If you can reduce your carbon footprint, participate in more bids, and win more business based on the sustainability, everybody wins. Here are some steps you can take to achieve a more sustainable print shop:
1. Understand your environmental impacts and set goals to reduce them. Implement an environmental management system, use products with lower emissions, and safety approved toners. Embrace just-in-time, print on demand. Create documents only when you need them, to save warehouse space and resources and reduce waste of obsolete materials by as much as 30%.
2. Adopt more efficient workflow technologies. Use Xerox® FreeFlow® Core software to automate manual processes, manage all printing in the shop, and receive jobs and orders over the web.
3. Utilise soft proofing. Deliver soft-proofs to clients via email or the web to reduce paper use, save phone, courier and postage charges, reduce environmental impact of sending paper by air or ground transportation, and enable faster turn-around.
4. Know where your paper comes from and recycle the paper you use. Seek environmentally preferable papers such as FSC-certified papers, and recycled content papers. Install bins around your shop to collect paper and unused prints for recycling or reuse.
5. Use good waste prevention and management practices. Recycle toner cartridges and bottles, reduce usage of hazardous wastes, and select reusable or recyclable packaging as needed.
6. Seek equipment designed for remanufacturing or recycling. Xerox devices are designed with recycling and reuse in mind.
7. Ensure you are working with environmentally responsible suppliers. Ask your suppliers what they are doing to reduce their environmental impact.
8. Supercharge your documents with relevant messages, images and graphics to grab your audience’s attention. Automate the production of personalised print campaigns that will motivate recipients to respond and less likely to just deposit them in the recycle bin.
9. Leading edge sustainability. Xerox take sustainability very seriously; in fact, they plan to achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2040. They are committed to designing sustainable ways to manufacture print concentrating on workflow management, press operation and print lifecycle.
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