One of the hottest issues for businesses right now is sustainability, and that means incorporating business practices that focus on the environment. Not only does implementing sustainable workplace procedures help the environment, it helps your business save money by conscientiously reducing waste. While some matters of environmental responsibility can be a bit overwhelming, there are a couple of really simple solutions you can apply immediately that will help give Mother Earth a little break.
While the paper industry isn’t the main cause of deforestation, digitizing your company’s documents can help fight the loss of the world’s forests. In fact, digital technology is reducing paper usage by 10-13 percent, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Email, Internet, intranet, document scanners and cloud storage and sharing not only reduces paper usage, it also saves time and money.
And according to the Paperless Project, the world produces more than 300 million tons of paper every year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests printing and writing papers found in schools and offices account for the largest amount of paper product consumption. Samsung’s advanced mobile printing technology can help your office reduce the amount of paper it uses.
Paper Usage in the Office
We previously discussed ways to conserve paper usage at the workplace. Doing so can result in higher efficiency and productivity. Automating workflow saves both time and money. It’s hard to believe that in a digital world that the average office worker uses thousands of sheets of copy paper per year (The Paperless Project), and that 45 percent of the paper printed at the office ends up in the trash. Image how many trees can be saved by digitizing your office documents and handbooks.
Cloud printing combines the convenience of remote accessibility to stored documents in the cloud, whenever and wherever with the ability to print them any time. Using a cloud-based document management system gives anyone in your network access to the same documents. You no longer have to print employee handbooks, orientation guides or presentations. Team members can view, share and edit documents right from their mobile devices.
Easy Eco Driver Reduces Toner Usage
As climate change threatens ecosystems, green regulations are being implemented on businesses everywhere. Eco-friendly printing solutions from Samsung help control energy consumption, reduce materials waste and reduce costs over time.
One simple but powerful solution from Samsung is Easy Eco Driver (EED), which allows businesses to reduce toner and paper usage by removing images from a printed document and reducing output density. Easy Eco Driver can also convert bold text into regular text, convert images into less toner-heavy formats and perform a range of savings that can reduce toner usage up to 20 percent. These features were so useful that Easy Eco Driver won the Buyer’s Lab Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award in 2012.
Prevent Printing Overload
Samsung also has a variety of printing solutions that can prevent printer overload by improving efficiency and document management. SyncThru Admin allows users to manage printers remotely, has a large impact on the sustainability of your company. The Smart UX Center, with its 10.1-inch touch screen, also empowers offices to take control of their documents, with an easy-to-use and customizable tool for optimizing printing output.
Furthermore, Samsung uses eXtensible Open Architecture (XOA) to allow further customization to meet specific business requirements. Samsung’s XOA resources open printers to third-part developers, so all device functions can be fully controlled. For example, XOA can allow companies to customize document workflow, to better integrate each company’s Document Management System, or it can create a variety of printing rules, to limit usage and control costs. The key is that XOA is an open platform, giving companies the ability to implement whatever system is right for them.
Together, these solutions empower offices to take full control of their printing systems, helping them improve efficiency and reduce waste. By changing how we print and use paper, these Samsung Printing Solutions tools can go a long way to helping any office grow more ecofriendly and follow a greener path.