Be Kind to the Environment

ks4641Ink and paper are fundamental to the graphic design business, but we can make choices that are environmentally friendly without compromising design standards. In fact, many projects are enhanced by the use of soy-based inks and recycled papers. Read Greener Printing from greenoptions.com for more details.

Beyond ink and paper, try going paperless in your office and encourage your clients to do so as well. I always request document edits in Word format. It’s so much easier for me to cut and paste changes than it is to sift through handwritten (often illegible) notes. I send PDF invoices and keep all of my back-ups on an external hard drive rather than in a filing cabinet. Whenever I make a business related purchase online, I print the receipt to PDF, not to my ink-jet printer.

Just some food for thought…

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  • coyotecreative

    October 15, 2007 at 3:53 am
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    I appreciate your comments. I avoid printing as much as possible, but you have made a good point about saving receipts as PDFs. Thank you! I, […] Read MoreI appreciate your comments. I avoid printing as much as possible, but you have made a good point about saving receipts as PDFs. Thank you! I, too, am very conscientious in my graphic design business about the use of papers, inks, and anything else that impacts the environment. It is important to use recycled and FSC certified papers. Most of the printing offices in my area already use soy-based inks. My favorites also order recycled stock in quantity so they can supply it at competitive prices, and have instituted practices such as ink & paper recycling. The ZINK option sounds like the next gen in printing - quite a concept! The other practice that I have implemented is the use of my biodiesel VW Jetta. It feels so much better getting 45mpg on a fuel that is 77% less polluting than petroleum diesel. Read Less

  • dgdesign

    October 26, 2007 at 4:39 pm
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    Thanks for the comment. I've been looking into the biodiesel option too. Every little bit helps...

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