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Green Printing

The printing industry ranks fourth in the world’s energy consumption, having a huge impact on human beings and wildlife in terms of resources and effects on the environment. Green printing techniques were developed in order to minimize the number of resources needed with standardized printing practices. This is achieved through recycling and reusing materials.

The methods of green printing include using recycled paper, energy efficient computers and equipment, remanufactured laser tone cartridges and ink cartridges for printers and paperless information.

Printing quality from recycled papers and remanufactured printing cartridges is generally the same as using non-recycled supplies. Green printing has a number of benefits to offer.

Recycled and remanufactured cartridges are cheaper and reduce the cartridge waste dumped each day. When recycled paper is used it allows trees to live longer. Using these methods can cut expenses up to 70 percent in the workplace. Awareness of environment related issues increase every time an individual or company uses green printing services. This gives way to more research opportunities and in taking the necessary measures for preventing environmental problems.

Businesses that choose to adopt green printing practices may also consider going paperless to reduce print waste. For example, instead of sending out printed documents, they utilize email. Individuals and companies wanting to adopt green printing methods might need to do some research before they acquire services from a company in order to ensure quality and efficiency of printing.

Packaging Materials

Since the dawn of mankind an emphasis has been placed on storing items such as tools, weapons, clothes, and food. Previously, people made use of natural methods to store items such as shells, leaves, hollowed logs, woven grasses, and animal skin and organs.

With growing human innovation the need for more efficient and durable packaging materials has risen. If we look back in time, by the 18th century great advancements had been made in terms of packaging material quality resulting from the need for durability, ease in transportation, efficient use of space, and to retain the freshness in the case of food items.

We need packaging for almost every item available in the world, from food and drink to clothes, from electronic instruments to garden tools, from books to matches. Paper may be the oldest form of what today is referred to as “flexible packaging”. The first commercial paper bags were manufactured in England in 1844 and the first cardboard box was also produced commercially in England in 1817. Paper and paperboard packaging increased in popularity well into the 20th century. With the advent of plastic as a material for packaging, by the late 1970s and early 1980s paper and its related products tended to fade in use. These days the trend has come back to paper related packaging because of environmental concerns.

Current packaging designs are beginning to incorporate recyclable and recycled plastics. Ancient boxes and cups made from silver and gold were too valuable for common use. Other metals, stronger alloys, thinner gauges and coatings were eventually developed. In the 1830s cookies and matches were sold in tins. Aluminum foil containers were designed in the early 1950s as the aluminum can appeared in 1959. Metal today such as steel and tin is used for packaging almost every object like food and electronic instruments. The whole phenomenon of packaging has changed over the years. From containers provided by nature to the use of complex materials and processes, there has been tremendous innovation in packaging. The development of the packaging industry today is a result of various factors such as demands of the masses, competition in the marketplace, shifting lifestyles, as well as discoveries and innovation. With continued advancements in technology and products, the packaging industry will continue to evolve.

Tree Farms

Farm tree or virgin fiber paper is essentially made from wood pulp. Pulp mills make pulp, a mixture of cellulose fibers and water used as a basis of all paper products. Recycled paper is made from these used paper products.

According to statistical studies recycled paper has the most environmental benefits, saves the most resources, and avoids the most toxins and pollution.

Below is the comparison between a virgin fiber paper and recycled paper in terms of resources and other products.

Virgin Fiber Paper
1 ton
100% Recycled Paper
1 ton
Trees 24 trees 0 trees
Energy 33 million BTUs 22 million BTUs
Released
Greenhouse Gases
CO2 Equivalent
5601 pounds 3533 pounds
Waste Water 22,853 gallons 11.635 gallons
Solid Waste 1,922 pounds 1,171 pounds
source Paperwork © 2012

 

Recycled paper usage is still a relatively new method. Currently, only 10 percent of the total world production of paper is recycled. Persuading individuals and offices to adopt recycled paper usage will take time because the general awareness still needs to be spread and controversies against the use of recycled paper have to be tackled. Tree cutting for paper will be inevitable now and in the future. At the moment more awareness is required to use the paper waste products for producing recycled paper so that time is allotted for trees to grow for future purposes, hence creating a balance between usage of both virgin fiber paper and recycled paper.

Green Design

Green design is a topic of discussion fundamentally addressed and developed in the modern world in order to provide sustainable and environmental-friendly living for present and future generations.

The reason many organizations are adopting green design is to limit negative effects on the environment and also to fully capitalize on available or remaining resources.


Capitalism, which is the primary economic system applied to the modern world, makes use of the dominant western world ideology of utilizing all resources to their full potential. This has led to a serious decline in natural resources available to mankind. In order to give future generations the ability to sustain their standard of living it requires the implementation of green design to ration available resources for the present and future. There are a few examples that are being practically incorporated into many organization’s designs. For instance, the use of recycled materials for the construction of buildings such as recycled wood, glass, metal, plastic etc.

Another method is making use of natural light to illuminate offices, the use of recycled paper to replenish paper stocks, and the design of buildings with attached solar panels on the roofs of buildings to provide solar energy and electricity throughout segments the building. The implementation of previously mentioned green design techniques ensure that the current generation makes use of sustainable methods that will give way to saving more natural resources in the future. Green design limits the damage done to the environment by reducing negative consequences for human beings and wildlife such as pollution, deforestation, and reduction in fresh water supply. Green supply has been implemented with great success to maintain a functioning and sustainable world for this generations.