Overlooking new technology could be costing you more than just green credentials

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Riso urges businesses to review their printing needs to ensure they are using the greenest and cheapest technologies

Why is it that what's best for us and for the environment for that matter, isn't always the easiest or cheapest solution? It can feel a bit like passing the lift to take the stairs or paying extra to go organic. Sometimes it's just easier not to bother.

Research confirms this is true for many businesses too, including those that consider themselves to be green in an area which is frequently overlooked - printing.

Nobody owns printing and no "one" knows how much it really costs either financially or environmentally. Responsibilities are split as someone chooses the print solution while another pays for the running costs and yet another pays the energy bill.

In fact it's nobody else's problem, rather like when somebody else throws those piles of wasted and forgotten prints away at the printer. But wasted paper is not the only or indeed the main environmental consideration when it comes to the issue of office printing.

Perhaps businesses are simply not aware of the potential negative effects of the harmful emissions associated with traditional toner technology found in laser printers, such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide or benzene. Or perhaps they haven't heard the calls for tighter controls and legislation on these devices from organisations like the Nano-Control Foundation in Germany.

Or perhaps businesses would step up their efforts to tackle the environmental impacts of printing and copying if they realised these processes typically account for a whopping 15 per cent of their total energy bill. Or if they realised this issue isn't going away anytime soon. In fact colour printing is increasing at a rate of around 14 per cent each year.

Or maybe it's simply because many businesses are not aware there is a real alternative. One designed with both the environment and lower running costs in mind.

So what's the catch? Well, absolutely none for the vast majority of printing in offices. Many organisations currently use centralised, ultra high-spec laser printers and copiers capable of producing the very highest photo quality print jobs, despite the fact this is rarely needed for everyday print jobs.

At Riso we're passionate about the environment but we're also passionate about not making customers pay extra for wanting to be green. This philosophy has driven the development of our unique range of robust, high volume, high speed inkjet printers for offices, the Riso ComColor.

The ComColor series is designed to meet the needs of businesses today. It is easily capable of satisfying the largest print requirements, with speeds of up to 150 pages per minute all with the UK's lowest cost for an A4 full colour print - around just 1.5 pence.

Significantly, these advantages can be achieved without an increased cost to the environment. The inkjet machines consume up to 80 per cent less power than toner technology counterparts, have none of the harmful emissions associated with toner powder and emit up to 80 per cent less CO2.

So if your organisation is looking for ways to save money without compromising green credentials perhaps printing is an area worthy of attention. Unifying budget responsibilities, better understanding users true printing requirements and choosing devices that are best placed to meet these needs could mean that for once what's best for the environment and your budgets are one and the same.

Founded in Japan in 1946, Riso specialise in digital print innovations. Riso's unique ComColor series offers businesses an opportunity to improve their green credentials, whilst reducing costs. To find out how Riso can help your business improve its office printing solutions please email [email protected] or call 0800 917 2020.

This sponsored content was provided by Riso

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