Ways to Go Green and Save Green at the Office

In the world of office technology, environmental sustainability can be achieved in a number of ways and here are a few simple ways reduce your carbon footprint and your bottom line at the office.

Whether you have a Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Lexmark and/or HP device(s) or are in the market for a printing solution, each of these manufacturers take environmental sustainability solutions seriously and understand the importance of environmental impact reduction goals; and so do we. 

“Big Changes Start with Small Steps.” - Unknown

Recycle your Toner and Ink Cartridges.

Send your spent print cartridges to be recycled. This is often referred to as recycling, but it is actually a form of reuse.  If you’re a Systel customer, we have a complimentary cartridge recycling program.  To learn more on how to participate, check out our Green Initiatives page for more information.

Reduce Paper Waste.

Print double-sided when you can.  Duplex printing is a feature of some computer printers and multifunction printers (MFPs) that allows the printing of a sheet of paper on both sides. Duplex capable devices can easily be programmed to print double sided by changing the print settings from your computer. 

Explore pull printing.  Pull Printing is a printing feature where a user's print job is held on a server or on a user's workstation and released by the user at any printing device which supports this feature.  To utilize pull printing, users must be authenticated at the printer using either embedded software or an external device based on the capabilities of your machine.  Users then select from a list of print jobs upon arriving at a printer.  The advantages are not only cost effective and environmental friendly; it also creates flexibility, security and management of print jobs. 

Paperless Filing using Electronic Document Storage.

Free up your annex space while reducing the amount of hard files floating around your office by using a document management system (DMS).  This system is used to track, manage and store documents and reduce paper. Most are capable of keeping a record of the various versions created and modified by different users (history tracking). The term has some overlap with the concepts of content management systems. It is often viewed as a component of enterprise content management (ECM) systems and related to digital asset management, document imaging, workflow systems and records management systems. Control Printing Costs, Reduce Wasteful Printing, and Increase Efficiency down to each Machine or Department.

Maximize Efficiency of your Printer Fleet.

Print management is a great way to go green and save money.  Managed Print Services provides a way for your company to streamline its printer fleet and create a more economical and user friendly print solution.  An initial assessment will pin point areas in which ineffective models and/or old machines are draining your power and will determine the best way to save power consumption, whether it’s by omitting machines or replacing with a more ecofriendly model.  

MPS also allows tracking of consumable supplies through detailed reports that outlines usage which will aid in waste reduction.  MPS is a very detailed process that really analyzes your Company’s printing solution and provides the most economical and logical way to meet the needs of your organization while maintaining the leanest option for sustainability, cost savings and the like. 

Reduce Energy Consumption.

All new MFD’s and Printers these days have a sleep mode that’s designed to safe on energy when your machine is not in use.

These are just a few ways of going green that’s not only good for business but good for the planet. 

Reduce Reuse, Recycle!


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