Why switching your lasers to business-grade PageWide can help make your business greener

11/10/20185 Minute Read

Trying to make your business greener? Switching your office lasers for business-grade PageWide printers might be the best move you could make

Businesses aren’t short of ways to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their green credentials, but switching printers is an easy win. HP’s PageWide printers and MFPs can do everything the average office laser can while using up to 73% less energy and generating up to 90% less supplies and packaging waste. That’s good news for the planet and – with lower running costs – your business too.

Lowering power consumption

Office laser printers have grown more power efficient over the years, and HP has been at the forefront of research in reducing operating and power consumption. Thanks to innovations in print engines, toner and toner cartridges, modern LaserJet printers use between 15% and 53% less energy than their predecessors. Nonetheless, there are parts of the laser printing process that intrinsically use large quantities of energy. The paper mechanisms and magnetising the image drum play their part, but the biggest single contributor is the fuser, which fuses the particles of toner to the sheet of paper during printing. This has to heat up even before the first page can be printed, then kept hot throughout the process.

PageWide printers do things differently using a powerful variant of Inkjet technology. In a PageWide printer, paper moves under an array of inkjet printheads, with over 40,000 nozzles depositing tiny droplets of ink simultaneously across the full width of an A4 page. It’s a fast way to print, with PageWide Pro printers working at speeds of up to 70ppm, with the first page out in as little as 8.25 seconds. It’s also an incredibly efficient way to print. Where the equivalent A4 laser printer might use 550 to 650W while printing, the A4 PageWide Pro 477dw uses just 44.4W on average. It’s a similar story with an A3 laser and the A3 PageWide Pro 777dn, which still consumes just 68.7W while hard at work.

There are further energy savings to be made when the device isn’t printing. The 477dw uses just 11W while ready and 2.9W during sleep, where the equivalent laser might use nearer 20W while ready, though a similar amount while sleeping. The PageWide Pro 777dn will use just 21W in ready mode, rather than the 60 to 85W of an equivalent A3 workgroup MFP. Power settings can be configured using the printer control panel, the HP embedded Web server interface or HP’s Web JetAdmin tool, which enables admins to install, configure, maintain and monitor the whole fleet of printers from one console, applying energy-saving policies across the lot. Put it all together, and where a large workgroup laser printer might use 5 to 7 kWh per week, the PageWide equivalent might use under 1.5kWh per week. Multiply that by the number of printers in your organisation, and those energy savings soon mount up.

What’s more, there are opportunities for further energy savings through consolidation. With print speeds of up to 75 pages per minute and recommended monthly workloads of up to 7,500 pages, one PageWide Pro, PageWide Enterprise printer or PageWide A3 MFP could do the work of two or even three standard office lasers. Use fewer printers, each more energy efficient and cheaper to run, and your business could be on its way to major reductions in its carbon footprint – not to mention lower printing costs.

Reducing waste

Yet there’s more to sustainable printing than just energy efficiency; think about the materials used in manufacturing and packaging the printer, not to mention the materials used in producing the ink or toner cartridges. The latter is particularly serious at a time when governments and corporations are making real efforts to reduce their plastic waste, hoping to reduce the amounts of non-biodegradable materials that end up in the world’s oceans or in landfill sites. The EU, for example, is clamping down, with the aim of having 55% of all plastic to be recycled by 2030; currently only 30% of the 25 million tonnes of plastic waste created by Europeans is collected for recycling.

Here, PageWide printers have another advantage. Firstly, the smaller form factors of business PageWide printers use less materials than equivalent laser models, while a modular design improves their serviceability and enables less waste. What’s more all printers in the PageWide line-up contain post-consumer recycled content plastic of more than 5%. HP’s packaging materials are now required to be 100% recyclable as well.

PageWide ink cartridges also do their bit. The largest Extra High Yield cartridges can produce up to 16,000 pages (for the colour cartridges) or 20,000 pages (black and white), and the smaller size of the cartridge means a 94% reduction in packaging waste in comparison to an equivalent laser printer; about 23Kg less waste per printer per year. More than 80% of HP ink cartridges contain between 45% and 70% recycled content, including materials recovered and recycled from plastic bottles Haiti, where HP is helping to create jobs for and improve lives. Through 2016, HP manufactured more than 3.4 billion HP ink and toner cartridges using more than 88,900 tonnes of recycled content, including 3.7 billion plastic bottles. By bringing Haitian bottle collectors into the supply chain, HP creates economic opportunities for them and quality of life improvements for their families.

With PageWide, recycling cartridges is easy, both through HP’s return and Planet Partners program and though HP Managed Print Services, where cartridges are collected as new ones are delivered. Both schemes ensure that no part of an HP ink cartridge ends up going to landfill, and that much of the recovered material will go back into HP ink cartridges. And when the printers themselves reach end-of-life, they won’t go to landfill, either, with HP committed to reusing or recycling old hardware. In 2016, 47% of HP office print technology that ended its first service life was remarketed to a second customer. Of the rest, HP recycled more than 102,800 tonnes of hardware during the same year.

Calculate your Carbon Footprint

Want to see what difference switching to ink could make to your carbon footprint? Use HP’s free, web-based Carbon Footprint Calculator. With just a few clicks you can see how upgrading to a more efficient solution and consolidating your devices could lower both your energy consumption and your carbon footprint, while reducing paper use and printing costs.


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