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Ordering cheap printing online can certainly save you a lot of “green,” but it can also save our environment a little “green,” as well. For the environmentally conscious, online printing presents a great opportunity to “go green” and save money at the same time.
Green Printing begins at the most basic level – You. That may sound silly, but the important thing is to first approach print ordering from the right perspective, and then carefully choose the right partner to execute the completion of your printing orders.
What do I mean about approaching the printing from the right perspective?
There are several things you can personally do to keep your cheap printing green. First of all, you should ask yourself if you need to print the document you are considering printing. This may sound like a crazy question coming from a printing company, but it is important to think about whether the use of the document justifies printing it. Assuming you make it past this hurdle, you should think about the size of the document you are printing and the quantity. The size obviously affects the environmental footprint of the document with a smaller document using less paper. On the other hand, it is important that the printed document be large enough to be read easily and and for the attractive design you are using to be appreciated. The quantity also affects the environmental footprint of the document, so it is beneficial to think about how many printed pieces you need to accomplish your objective. Reprints are cheap with modern technology, so over ordering is usually unnecessary.
Once you have answered all of these questions relating to printing a proper size and quantity, you can turn your attention to your potential printing partner. Obviously, there are a variety of printing companies to choose from online and offline, but not all of them produce the documents in the most environmentally correct fashion. One thing that sets ZoePrint.com apart from many competitors is that we focus primarily on digital printing production with modern equipment. Most online printers aggregate large numbers of small print jobs on a large format offset printing press, which can generate a lot of waste in paper and plates, not to mention the fact that many offset inks are petroleum-based.
At ZoePrint.com, our modern digital equipment has low energy requirements, uses fully recyclable and biodegradable toner, and produces no toxic byproducts. This type of digital printing equipment is extremely efficient at producing short runs of printing with the first sheet off the press as vibrant as the last. This means that setup and waste are also minimal.
Whenever possible, we offer papers with recycled content and certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or The Rainforest Alliance. For offset printing, we use soy and vegetable based inks. We produce our Heidelberg® metal printing plates on our chemistry-free plate machine. Furthermore, we recycle 100% of our used printing plates, toner cartridges, and all possible paper waste.
So, think carefully about who you use for your next printing job. Are you simply saving green, or is your printing green too?