Things You Need To Know About The Green Printing Movement

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We’ve witnessed and we are still witnessing how mother Earth is suffering today. Sadly, aside from natural events, man-made ones have had the biggest impact on the planet’s unpleasant condition.

People are not unaware of this. From simple environmental movements such as waste segregation to the establishment of eco-friendly houses, there has been a rise of environmental movements coming from environmentalist groups, organizations, companies, etc. in order to address the problems which the world is facing.

And although not so well-known, the printing industry also has their own green movement. Basically, this is because the process of printing actually contributes a lot to the damage of Earth’s condition; in fact, printers actually leave their own ecological footprints. To make up for this, the printing industry has turned to Green Printing.

What is Green Printing?

Just like alternative natural medicine, we also have an alternative type of printing. From the name itself, green printing refers to a way of printing which is more friendly to the environment. Here, the process of reusing, reducing, and recycling are utilized to lower the resources used for printing. Green printing involves the use of low volatile organic compound inks, papers which are recycled, computers that are energy-efficient, re-manufactured toners for laser printers, etc.

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Eco-Friendly Tips in Printing

You can also play part in this Green Printing movement at home by following these eco-friendly tips in printing below.

  • Make use of sustainable materials as printing surfaces; in other words, go for printing on Tyvek materials or recycled papers.
  • As for papers, make sure you print on both sides of the paper (here, you are recycling)
  • If you wish to purchase a printer, go for energy-efficient ones (these actually exist). Most of these printers have an automatic sleep-mode whenever it is not in use. Moreover, check the printer of your choice and see if there are any recyclable/green features on it. The greener the better.
  • Go for printers that have inherent double-printing features.
  • Make use of inks that are low in volatile organic compounds  (VOCs) such as soy-based inks which produce lower VOCs but still preserves the quality of the printed image.
  • If you can, make use of recycled printer cartridges. Refill the cartridges instead of buying a brand new one.

The Importance of Green Printing

Printing is one of the many trivial things we do which really does not induce us to think about the environmental impact it has on the Earth. In all honesty, not many people are well aware of consequences that usual daily activities, such as printing, bring in.

Students as well as office workers do not really take the initiative of going green in the printing processes and that is probably because they lack the knowledge as well as the resources that are necessary to pursue a much more environmentalist printing strategy.

Thus, it is very important for the printing industry to inform their clients about the Green Printing movement. Printing customers, as well, must play their part in taking the effort of going green in their office or school work.

A Green Movement: Ways to Help Save Planet Earth

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The fact that mother Earth is not doing well is quite old news to us; however,even today,  this planet still needs a lot of our help. But before we get right into the ways of how we can lend a hand, let us first look into what is happening to our habitat.

What’s Happening to Earth?

Many things are happening to earth. In fact, many things are happening to the entire universe as well. There was a study conducted by an international team of scientists on how the universe is holding up. Unfortunately, their efforts to discover the current condition of the universe led to the conclusion that it’s not doing so well. They found sufficient data, through their DAQ systems, telescopes, etc., that the universe is slowly “dying”. However, fret not as the death of the universe will stil take trillions of years in human time. Thus, thousands of generations are still going to live life on Earth.

As for planet Earth, it, too, is struggling for life personally and if we don’t exert collective effort for its survival, our children and the next generations might not have what we enjoy today. Hence, there have been plenty of movements, all over the world, targeting one of the biggest culprit of Earth’s deterioration, global warming. Although global warming may have natural causes, studies today have found that the rapid warming of the planet is mostly caused by human activities; that being said, the natural causes are only accountable for a much smaller portion of the change.

All this tells us that we, as human beings, can do a lot to help Earth survive. Whether you’re from Miami, USA or from New Dehli, India or from anywhere else in the world, your help is necessary. Our actions does not have to be difficult nor expensive. As a matter of fact, there are easy ways on how we can help.

How Can We Help?

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

The famous 3 Rs are still the best overview on how we can effectively help the planet. By reducing the amount of waste we produce, we are able to emit less gases that may contribute to global warming. Reusing and recycling materials helps us avoid filling in our trash cans with waste products. As much as possible, we should avoid materials that are difficult to reuse and recycle, materials such as plastic.

  • Ditch your car if you can.

Today, use of automobiles, whether your personal car, taxi cabs, uber, etc., makes everything convenient. Unfortunately, these vehicles also emit greenhouse gases that contributes to Earth’s deterioration. Hence, it may be best to combine all your errands at once and make less use of your car. If you’re only making a trip down to the store a few blocks away from your home, take a bike or walk.

  • Use less electricity.

One of the biggest sources of air pollution is the burning of coal natural gas for electricity. Thus, you need to reduce your use if you want to help mother Earth. If there is no need for lights, airconditioners, or charging then you should definitely leave your sockets empty. By simply turning of all the lights in the house during daytime when it’s not really needed, you’re already helping the world. You may also invest in more eco-friendly sources of electricity such as solar panels.

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  • Conserve water.

Contrary to the idea that we won’t run out of water, we actually just might if we don’t use water wisely. We can conserve water by using it smartly (e.g. using a glass of water for brushing the teeth, not keeping the tap running while washing dishes, etc.). Reduced use of water will also reduce amount of waste.

  • Cut-down use of chemicals.

Obviously, chemicals are not good, and can even be deadly, to us and to the atmosphere. As much as possible, avoid using products that use great amounts of harmful chemicals. Switching to more natural alternatives would be great.

  • Plant trees and flowers.

Not only will you beautify the place, you’ll also be helping the planet earth by planting what absorbs carbon and gives off oxygen for us.

  • Be a volunteer.

If you happen to know any movement nearby that is going towards ensuring Earth’s survival, make yourself involved. As mentioned, a collective action will be very much effective in saving our planet.