Print Green for Earth Day 2010

Happy Earth Day to all!

We are wrapping up our last day at the ON DEMAND 2010 Expo in Philadelphia (Stop by Booth 312 if you’re there!) It has been a very successful show and while we are very busy, we’d still like to take some time to post some tips for developing eco-friendly presentation/convention materials (it IS Earth Day after all.) See the list we’ve compiled below, and if you think of anything we missed, leave a comment!

1. Print on recycled or high PCW content paper.
It’s good for the environment! Use papers that contain at least 30% recycled or PCW content or that are FSC or SFI certified. When you do this, you help promote re-forestation and keep trees growing.

2. Reduce wasted space.
When formatting your content, always remain conscious of the space you’re using. If you have a lot of unused space on a sheet of paper, consider printing it on a postcard size piece. Also, reduce your margins and font size if you want to add more information. Try to minimize the amount of blank space.

3. Reduce pages used.
Always print on both sides of your paper. You’ll use half the amount and not only be greener, but lower costs at the same time.

4. Work with a web-to-print company.
If you’re outsourcing your printing, be sure to use a web-to-print company whose majority of business is done online (upload files, view proofs, view history, etc.) It’s better for the environment and much more efficient!

5. Use recycled products.
If you’re printing perfect bound workbooks, or coil bound manuals, use a printer that produces recycled versions. Recycled products are available in the same quality you would expect from its more environmentally harmful counterpart.

6. Print what you need – when you need it.
Work with a printer that specializes in short-run, on demand printing. Find out the number of expected attendees and only print what you need so you don’t have extra copies that you will never use (especially if the information is time-sensitive).

7. Promote responsible disposal.
Remind everyone you’re presenting to that your pieces are recycled and FULLY RECYCLABLE. Encourage responsible disposal and you will be helping to make a difference.

Using some or all of these tips next time you print will not only reduce your carbon footprint but can also reduce costs. Do your part. For Earth Day 2010, help grow trees by printing green. 

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