Eco Friendly Printers

by John - Expert Reviewer

The growing awareness of the environment has brought about the existence of eco friendly printers. We are thankful to the advancement of technology and innovation for the efficacy of gadgets and equipment. It simplifies our lives and enables us to achieve what we thought was unimaginable in the past. However, along with this come the harsh effects on our surroundings which have resulted to global warming.

How does a printer affect our environment in a negative way? The components that a printer is made of and the supplies used in printing are, somehow, contributors to the destruction of the ozone layer. Typically, the ink that is used in a regular printer is petroleum based. This emits carbon, in the air, which is toxic to both human and plant life. This can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments. For these aforementioned reasons, the print industry is one of the top causes of pollution in the environment.

In producing paper that is, usually, used for printing, you need to consume a great amount of energy and electricity. Besides, a lot of trees need to be cut to make these papers. Incidentally, there are two types of these, namely, the recycled type and those that cannot be used again. When these virgin papers are wasted, they are just thrown away. They produce methane gas when they decay. This is more hazardous to humans and plants than carbon. You can make use of recycled paper if you want to save the environment. Nevertheless, it will not give quality results if this has been recycled for a fourth time or so.

There are ways by which a regular printer user, like you, can help in the problem of global warming. Instead of buying ink cartridges every time you run out of ink, you can just choose to use refillable ink cartridges. This is more economical. In addition to this, you can try to refrain from wasting paper and just recycle, whenever possible.

Based on the above mentioned grounds, manufacturers have created eco friendly printers not only to participate in the saving the environment but also to arouse the consumers? interest in the harmful effects of global warming.

Though eco friendly printers may be pricier than regular printers, businesses and companies can save a lot, in the long run. Instead of petroleum based ink, these printers make use of soy or vegetable ink which is environment friendly and cheaper, at the same time. Others utilize recyclable toners and ink jet cartridges. Some models support two sided printing which is; also, an energy and paper saving attribute. In addition to this, recycled papers can be used in printing, in place of regular paper.

At present, more companies are using eco friendly printers for their printing requirements. These printers are acknowledged and are given a certification of proof by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which supports the preservation of forests.

Though there are printer manufacturers that claim to follow the standards of creating eco friendly printers, not all are true to their statement. So, to be sure that you are getting this desired printer, it is best to check if it is FSC certified.

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