How to make printing carbon neutral
10% of deforestation has been carried out to cater for the supply of wood products, including paper. And the print industry uses more than three million tons of hydrocarbon-based inks and chemicals every year, releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. In addition, toner-based inks contain microplastics, which are also damaging to the environment.
While these are massive problems, they all have pre-existing solutions. With sustainably managed forests, trees are a renewable resource. Also, microplastic-containing inks can be swapped for water-based inks, with refillable cartridges.
Packaging, recycling and the energy used to power the print facility also need to be carefully considered when looking at how to reduce the footprint of printed communications.
Carbon neutrality should be the aim, and it is achievable.