How can sustainability be improved in the printing industry? Read on to hear our members‘ perspectives on this topic.
Maria Kisska, Sustainability Group Manager, North America & Latin America, Epson
“Sustainability” is a broad topic that covers many areas, so it’s important to understand what’s top of mind for important groups within the printing industry ecosystem. For example, some consumers are interested in ways to reduce their plastic footprint. One way to do so through the home and office printing is to eliminate plastic cartridge waste by switching to a refillable supertank printer. Alternatively, a business may be more focused on reducing its energy consumption, so moving from color laser printers to comparable inkjet models that can reduce energy usage by up to 75% may be the right move.
Dilinur Wushour, President, Kyocera Document Solutions America, Inc.
The printing industry has a complex relationship with sustainability. From an environmental perspective, papers and inks have been resource intensive.
That’s changing. Eco-friendly inks, recycled papers, and plastics are helping to nudge the industry away from virgin materials. Kyocera established Green Products as those designed to contribute actively to climate change prevention, energy conservation, resource conservation, and the reduction of hazardous substances, and has set up evaluation criteria for each product based on the Concept of Environmental Consciousness. Kyocera also provides Environmentally Conscious Designs for Printers and Multifunctional Products (MFPs). Many printer manufacturers may feel they can make significant process not just on climate action, but on industry innovation, providing decent work and economic growth.
Eric McCann, Manager, Software Portfolio Marketing, Lexmark
Sustainability has always been a focus for Lexmark. While we will continue to see a focus on pages, we are seeing a shift into corporate sustainability including how products are assembled, components that are being used, and how corporate goals and standards are being evaluated for sustainability.