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Purchase a duplex printer

By Recyclebank |
Duplexers let you get more printing for your paper-buck, and save trees to boot. Plus, they usually save energy, too.
Duplex printers will help you cut paper and energy costs in your school, or church. In fact, compared to conventional printers, machines with duplex modules can save nearly 20,000 sheets of paper in an average year and close to $70 in energy costs over the lifetime of the unit.[1] Duplexing also reduces postage and mailing costs and their associated transportation expenses, as well as filing and storage space.

Find it! Printers with duplexing trays

To be sure you've got an efficient machine, look for one that duplexes at least 80 percent as fast it performs one-sided printing. Then, be sure to set your printer to default to duplex mode so that most of your copying comes out this way.

Purchasing a double-siding printer helps you go green because…

  • It'll cut paper consumption, which protects forests.
  • Double-sided copies require less energy, so fewer greenhouse gases will be emitted.
The average office worker contributes about 1.5 pounds of paper waste to the solid waste stream every day, adding to about 350 pounds per year, or 2.5 tons annually, in a 15-person office.[2] Printers equipped with duplexing trays and corresponding double-sided copying policies can reduce paper use by 30 to 35 percent.[3]

Volusia County, Florida recently upgraded 287 copiers to ENERGY STAR models with duplexing trays. Though these machines were costlier than conventional models, the extra costs were recouped through double-siding and energy-saving measures within one to two years.[4]

External links


  1. US Department of Energy - How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Printer: Cost-Effectiveness Example
  2. - Taking the Wrinkles out of Paper Recycling: In One Bin, Out the Other
  3. The Federal Network for Sustainability - Greening Federal Copier Paper: How much can we reduce the use of copier paper?
  4. Illinois PIRG Education Fund's Green Communities Handbook - Purchase Energy Efficient Equipment and Appliances
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