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Create a more sustainable office: top tips on how to incorporate print into your sustainability strategy

Part 2 of a 2-part article

In part 1 of this 2-part article series, we covered the development of an overall sustainability strategy and how to incorporate print and printing supplies. Here, in part 2 we explore the selection of vendor and support.

How committed is your vendor?

When developing your sustainability strategy, besides seeking out printers and toner supplies with environmental benefits, you should also consider the sustainability track record of the vendor. As with products, you can look for vendor certifications from ecolabel programs such as ENERGY STAR®, EPEAT® and Blue Angel. You can also look at a company’s reputation, history, and its commitment to sustainability and circularity. Read some of the Xerox sustainability initiatives and goals and how they can benefit your business.

Some factors to consider include:

  • Is the vendor committed to designing for sustainability?

  • Do they use recycled materials to manufacture them?

  • Do they provide returns, recycle, and reuse programs?

  • And do they offer proactive and remote equipment maintenance programs and services?

Overall, Xerox has a strong legacy of promoting sustainability, as well as a strongly designed sustainability program. It was awarded ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2023 for the third consecutive year, earning the category of Sustained Excellence. Quocirca, a leading source for independent research, thought leadership, and actionable insight for the print industry, named Xerox a sustainability leader in its Sustainability Trends 2022 report.

Remote support saves carbon emissions and resources

The option to address repairs remotely also saves resources and reduces carbon emissions. For example, Xerox® CareAR® Instruct, is an application that provides self-support services for users to complete routine maintenance and troubleshooting tasks.

"Regularly maintaining your equipment can extend its life and avoid using resources for repair calls."

Debbie Gualtieri, Director of Product Safety and Sustainability at Xerox®

Also, check what print management tools vendors provide and how they will help you reach your sustainability goals. With the right solutions, small to medium sized-businesses (SMBs) can identify individual print practices that can be improved through less use of energy, toner, and paper.

Choosing a vendor that designs for sustainability and provides printers with a lower environmental footprint are important steps in helping your company support a more sustainable world. But it is also essential to create a sustainability strategy that makes the most of those choices and engage employees in an effort you can all be proud of, Debbie points out. And, as an added bonus, the efficiencies you achieve can yield significant cost savings.

Learn more about the environmental benefits of Xerox’s printers and watch the Xerox ‘How Sustainability Works’ video to help build your sustainability strategy.

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