The Impact of Color Printing
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Color Printing Can Harm the Environment

While colored ink helps to make printed documents look nice, it can also negatively impact our planet’s jungles and rainforests when it is used too often. We bunched together some statistics that you can check out below if you want to see how color printing affects the environment.

  • It has been estimated that color printing requires 30% more ink than black-and-white printing does. As a result, colored ink tends to run out quickly. (Source)
  • It takes anywhere between 2 to 2.5 ounces of oil to create a single ink cartridge. As the availability of oil decreases, the impact oil harvesting has on the environment increases. (Source)
  • It is estimated that for every 2.5 million ink cartridges that are recycled, another 10 million end up in trash bins or landfills. When these cartridges decompose toxic chemicals are let loose, and they can seriously harm the environment. (Source)

Tips for Helping the Environment

If you want to lessen the impact that color printing has on our ecosystem, try out the following tips. When you need to print out a bunch of documents, use black printing ink, as your supply of color ink will run out quickly if you use it for everything you print. Save your colored ink for situations where you absolutely need to use it, like for important documents that need to be sent to clients.

For documents that do not need to look professional, like ones used in-office, use your printer’s “draft” mode to lessen the amount of ink that is used. You should also consider using a laser printer, as laser cartridges are more efficient than inkjet cartridges.

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