Steps to make your business more green

Steps to make your business more green

Giving back to the environment and being more involved in sustainable practices is becoming an integral part of every business. This can be done in small ways or big ways. Changing certain business practices, or giving back doesn’t have to break the bank. 

B2B Technologies can help you “go green” in your everyday work practices, whether you are back in the office, working from home or doing 50/50. Every little bit helps.

Let us help you take these steps to support your business in helping the environment:

1.Reducing paper use

Print software solutions help eliminate paper waste and encourage responsible print behaviour that makes users and departments accountable for their print usage.

For example, Papercut’s Follow-me-printing is a software used to enhance your multifunction printer. This securely releases printouts from any device, preventing wastage. It also allows for the use of authentication methods like a swipe-card or PIN to release the printout, keeping your document safe and secure until you need it.

Other ways to help reduce paper wastage is with digital workflow solutions, that let you manage documents and files and streamline the flow of documents. This is done by allowing files to be sent to the next person at the click of a button, and to ensure it is well-received, a pop-up or email notification is generated when a file arrives to you. Not only is this sustainable, but it will significantly reduce costs towards paper use, and replacing lost documents, which takes around 25 hours to recreate or almost $200 to find (Gartner Group).

2.Using a refurbished printing device

Environmental sustainability means maintaining the rates of renewable resources, so we proudly offer fully refurbished printing devices.

Refurbished machines are printers that have been previously used, but restored to their original condition. Most machines have a lifespan of millions of pages – a hundred thousand prints are low! Reusing and recycling these machines means that they stay in operation for the intended amount of time they were built for, reducing waste.

Once a refurbished machine has been returned to our warehouse, it is examined and tested before being restored. Our technicians reset the device including clearing any remaining data on the hard drive, clean the machine thoroughly, replace or repair parts (if any!). Before being sent out to their new home, the machine is cleaned again and tested one last time to ensure our client receives it in prime condition.

3.Partner with a supplier who understands giving back

B2B Technologies understands that printers are a cost to the environment. Did you know that to print 1 page on a laser printer is approximately 1 gram of Co2? To manufacture the paper itself it 5 grams of Co2. Therefore, if you are printing an average of 13,000 pages per month, then 6 trees will offset this per year.

We have partnered with Fifteen Trees; a company that helps individuals and businesses reduce their carbon footprint and combat the effects of climate change through sponsoring Australian community tree planting projects.

Planting trees benefits the environment in many ways. Trees absorb the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, provide wildlife with habitat, create green corridors, improve biodiversity and soil health, help reverse the effects of erosion and rising water tables and provide shade and beauty to our open spaces.

4.Toner cartridges

There are 2 ways toner cartridges can be sustainable; they are produced ecologically, and they are recycled. 

Toner recycling is a very critical process in the print industry. Toner collections are implemented so that the empty cartridge can be reused or repurposed. Our partners, namely Ricoh and Lexmark, ensure their cartridges are 100% recyclable following the zero-waste-to-landfill goal.

According to Lexmark, in 2009, 34% of laser cartridges collected have been re-used. Ricoh’s cartridge recycle program has recycled over 1,104 tonnes of toner cartridges.

For us to do our part, we have teamed up with ‘Close the Loop’ as a registered drop point, so businesses can recycle printer cartridges with us for free. 

So, what is done with the recycled laser cartridges? The toner left in the cartridges are used as fuel alternates in cement work; the mixed plastic is used as additional fine sorting; non-ferrous metal is given to smelters for refining and re-use, and ferrous metal is given to steelworks for re-use. Some manufacturers repurpose old cartridges into workplace objects such as rulers.

If you are looking to become more ecological and sustainable in your everyday business practices, contact us now for a free quote! Call 1300 213 074 or email us at info@b2btechnologies.com.au