Five Eco-Friendly Paper Tips from Xerox
Studies conducted by Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox show office workers throw away 45 percent of documents within 24 hours of printing them. To reduce an organization’s environmental footprint, Xerox offers five smart paper use tips:
• Use both sides of the paper. Choose copiers, digital printers and multifunction devices that allow for duplex printing.
• Go digital. Save on postage with electronic files and let recipients decide whether to print them. Replace paper files with electronic ones using the scan-to-file option on multifunction devices.
• Be selective. Print what you need when you need it instead of every page of a report. Preview your print to avoid printing pages with boilerplate. Don’t stockpile forms, letterhead or instructions that go out of date.
• Reach for the right paper. Choose stocks promoting sound environmental practices, such as Xerox High Yield Business Paper, produced using half the number of trees required for conventional paper. Use papers certified through global organizations promoting sustainable forestry, as well as papers with recycled content.
• Recycle. Collect used paper so the fiber can be reused. This saves trees, reduces energy and water use, requires fewer chemicals and keeps paper out of landfills.
Xerox applies stringent requirements on all of its paper suppliers, and is working with The Nature Conservancy to identify best practices that will enable environmental scientists, forest managers and paper suppliers to work toward sustainable forest management.
For more information, visit www.xerox.com.