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5 Printing Tips That'll Save You Money

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' ambassador Layne Beachley © Planet Ark

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' ambassador Layne Beachley

Everyone loves a win-win situation. Especially when it’s easy. So we’ve put together some ‘toner tips’ that are good for the environment, will save your workplace money, and are just easy to do.

1. Tone It Down

Not every printout needs to be presentation ready. Most printer outputs are for personal use. Setting the default to “draft” will reduce toner usage. Choosing black ink only will also save on coloured ink when you don’t need a full-colour print out.

2. Double Up

Using double-sided printing as the default setting will help reduce paper use. For the super keen, print two or more pages per side of the sheet.

3. Friendly Fonts

Choosing different fonts can change the amount of ink and toner used.  Good font choices include Century Gothic, EcoFont, Times Roman, Calibri and Cambria as their characters are thinner (or have tiny holes in the case of EcoFont) that use less ink.

4. Preview for Errors

Make sure you print preview your document before hitting ‘print’ so you can check for formatting errors. It will save you toner, paper and time.

5. Product Stewardship

When in the market for a new printer, look for a brand that believes in product stewardship and takes responsibility of the cartridges they produce.  The Participating Manufacturers of ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ - Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta and Kyocera -  are all committed to product stewardship. Their participation has made this one of the most the most successful extended producer responsibility programs in Australia and it's free.   

If you have other ideas for saving ink, toner or paper feel free to let us know at recycling@planetark.org

Want More Sustainability?

Check out BusinessRecycling.com.au for tools to make recycling at work easy.

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