The datacenter, server room, and the desktop aren't the only places to cut tech-related waste at your organization. The printing station is a prime location to reap some eco-friendly, cost-cutting benefits, considering that organizations waste around $90 per year, per user, in ink and paper expenses on unnecessary printing.
To that end, Xerox has teamed up with GreenPrint, a provider of software that lets users easily tweak documents in a print preview mode to remove superfluous graphics, text, or entire pages. The company's GreenPrint Enterprise software is available as a free download for customers who purchase one of Xerox's Phaser 8560 or 8860 solid ink color printers.
This looks to be a pretty potent waste-reducing combination. I've tried out GreenPrint, and it certainly has potential to save paper and ink.
Meanwhile, solid ink color printers, according to Xerox, "greatly reduce the waste associated with disposable toner and ink consumables by using solid sticks of non-toxic ink instead of toner or inkjet cartridges." They produce 90 percent less waste than a typical color laser printer, the company says. Solid ink printers also do not produce ozone, which has environmental and health benefits.
"We see bundling our software with Xerox solid ink printers as an ideal fit in a lot of ways," said GreenPrint CEO Hayden Hamilton in a written statement. "The solid ink printers have been designed to eliminate the waste associated with toner cartridges, bringing annual waste related to packaging and cartridges down from 157 pounds to 5 pounds per printer. With the inclusion of GreenPrint, their solid ink users can eliminate unnecessary printed pages, reducing the waste and cost associated with printing by an additional 15 to 20 percent across the board."
The bundling of the Phaser 8560 or 8860 and GreenPrint Enterprise is available now.