Printers aren’t exactly the most eco-friendly technology. By definition, printers are machines for producing paper waste. On top of that, every few months you have to replace your printer cartridge, adding to the hundreds of millions that reach landfills every year, and after a few years, most people feel the need to replace their printer. Throughout their entire life cycles, printers represent a huge cost to the environment. The good news is that a number of printers are now designed with the environment in mind. Here are some of the best.
This is a simple color laserjet with an extremely low initial cost. Refill laser toners are a little more expensive than some others, but the simple construction also makes this a very low cost to the environment. There are websites out there, like inkpal, where you can purchase environmentally friendly ink and toner cartridges that have been recycled.
Another basic printer, this inkjet color offers consistency and high enough quality for most purposes. It is also very economical and HP has an good reputation for recycling as much as possible.
If you’re looking for more of a full printer, scanner, and copier to use as a workstation or office hub, the Samsung should meet most of your office’s needs (though it does not print color). As a laser printer, ink refills are more economical as well as better environmentally.
This model uses one of the most cutting-edge printing technologies—solid-ink printing. There are no ink cartridges. Instead, you insert a solid block of ink (imagine a crayon, only harder) and you’re done. Installation is easy, printing is very cheap and best of all, there is no waste when the cartridge is done. Xerox says this printer generates 90% less waste and has a 30% smaller carbon footprint.
The Pixma MP530 is a full-function printer designed for offices. It can print, scan, copy and fax, but best of all it qualifies as Energy Star compliant, meaning it is more efficient, uses less power to do just as much printing, and is therefore better for the environment.
Another multi-function printer, this model has two advantages. First, it is compact and light, meaning there is to dispose of at the end of its lifecycle. Even better, this model uses only 15 watts while printing, which is as much as a third of comparable models.
If you’re ready to cut printing costs, this printer is the absolute rock-bottom at only a penny per page for black and white, and it can also print photos. This also means it wastes less ink which is why it is much better for the environment. Some pages may not appear as dark a black as with other printers, but you can save money and feel better about yourself too.
One of the better all-in-one printers, this color inkjet works wirelessly and also has a color LCD preview screen. Best of all, it is Energy Star Compliant for low energy usage.
Designed to be environmentally friendly, this printer has very low energy costs and comes with automatic duplexing so that you can cut down on wasted paper.
And best of all, what if you could print using leftover coffee or tea dregs? Well, you’ll have to wait, but this idea just might be on its way with this printer concept. What could be better than drinking your favorite mocha, printing your necessary documents, and knowing your helping the environment all at the same time?