This year, April 22nd marks the 44th annual Earth Day celebration. Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to examine your company’s sustainability practices and begin to adopt new policies to help protect Mother Earth.
One of the easiest ways to move your company towards a green office environment is to examine your company’s print environment and policies. Today, the technology exists to go paperless in your office environment. Even if you're not prepared to go that far, auditing your company’s print environment can turn up some pretty shocking information that with a little planning can be monitored and turned around to help your workplace to become more sustainable.
Did you know:
• According to the Go Paperless website, the average office worker in North America prints 10,000 pages per year!
• According to MPS Insights the average lifespan of a printed document in today’s office is less than 5 minutes!
• In the typical office, a single laser printer can generate 100 pounds of waste per year when paper, packaging and consumables are taken into account!
These statistics are truly shocking when you consider the number of laser printers being used every single day in offices throughout North America. A recent report by Print Audit, a company that provides print management software found that in offices where workers simply believe that their printing habits are being monitored, print volume drops by an average of ten percent.
It’s really easy to see how taking some simple steps in your workplace like eliminating unnecessary printers, or monitoring printer output can go a long way towards reducing operational costs and making your office more sustainable. Taking simple steps like using the appropriate hardware or implementing a Managed Print strategy are two additional ways you can work to get your company’s print environment under control.
One of the best ways to assess your company’s print environment and begin to get your costs under control is to undertake an audit of your company’s printing practices, policies, and hardware. Working with an MPS company is a great first step. They will come in and audit your print environment, often for no charge, and can offer easy to implement cost effective solutions like helping your company to go paperless that will help to make your business more sustainable. It’s a smart business decision and a great way to celebrate Earth Day this year!
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