Sustainable Printing - Unpacking Eco-Friendly Practices and Their Vital Role
Sustainable Printing - Unpacking Eco-Friendly Practices and Their Vital Role
Andrew Tran
Andrew Tran
August 30, 2022
3 min

Sustainable Printing: A New Era

Remember the old days when printing meant using up vast amounts of paper, leaving behind heaps of wasted resources and a massive carbon footprint? Man, times have changed! As someone who has dabbled in both tech and the world of printing, I’ve been right in the thick of it—watching, learning, and sometimes, just being straight-up amazed. Ever felt that twinge of guilt when hitting the print button? Well, let’s dive into how we can rid ourselves of that guilt!

From Paper Waste to Paper Grace

Who knew that the future of printing would lean so green? When I first joined the family’s business, the journey towards sustainability was still in its infancy. I mean, think about it: back in the day, did you ever imagine we’d be talking about recycled paper as if it’s the norm? Yet, here we are, chatting about it as if it’s no big deal.

And, while we’re on the subject of recycled paper – did you know? Roughly 40% of the world’s industrial logging goes into making paper. But thanks to sustainable printing, we’re giving those trees a break. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Embracing the Change

Remember my early days working with diverse clients? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had discussions about the “cost” of going green. But here’s a nugget for ya: going sustainable isn’t just about saving the planet. Nope! It’s also about saving moolah. Believe it or not, businesses save in the long run when they reduce waste and opt for sustainable alternatives.

And let’s be real here—who doesn’t like saving money, right? Plus, there’s something deeply satisfying about knowing you’re doing your part. I mean, when was the last time you got to brag about doing something good for the planet and your pocket?

Beyond the Paper: Green Ink and Tech

It’s not just about the paper, you know? One thing I’ve had to wrap my head around in the tech side of things is the importance of sustainable inks and technology. But, hey, that’s where my tech background comes in handy, right?

There’s a world of difference between traditional inks and those made from renewable resources. Plus, we’re now seeing the rise of printers designed for sustainability. Energy-efficient, less waste, and just plain cool to work with. And speaking of cool tech facts—did you know some inks are now made using algae? Mind. Blown.

But… Why Bother?

Why push for sustainability in printing? Why not just stick with the tried-and-true methods? Ah, my friend, that’s where the importance of looking beyond the immediate comes into play. Sustainable practices aren’t just about the now—they’re about ensuring a brighter, greener future.

I’ve had my moments of doubt, don’t get me wrong. “Is this sustainable stuff all it’s cracked up to be?” But after seeing the tangible benefits—and the positive impact on the environment—I’ve become a staunch advocate.

Diving Deeper – A Personal Touch

Let’s take a breather and get a tad personal here, shall we? I picked up the guitar a few years back—taught myself, actually. And much like strumming those strings, sustainable printing practices need a delicate touch. It’s about knowing when to push forward and when to step back. About understanding the rhythm of the industry. Does that make sense? No? Well, maybe I should stick to printing and leave the guitar metaphors out of it…

In Closing…

Reflecting on the journey—both mine and that of the printing industry—it’s heartening to see how far we’ve come. Sustainable printing isn’t just a trend; it’s the way forward. For me, for our business, and for the planet. The industry’s shift towards eco-friendly practices isn’t just a testament to innovation—it’s a nod to a future where we live in harmony with our environment.

Thanks for hanging with me on this little trip down memory lane. And as I always say—print smart, think green! Until next time!



Andrew Tran

Andrew Tran

Web Developer

Hi, I'm Andrew. I'm a founder/developer of a software development company: Modern Labyrinth.



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