Sustainability : Konica Minolta’s EU Approach to Eco Friendly Printing
Konica Minolta Awarded RobecoSAM Gold Class for Two Consecutive Years
Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) was awarded Gold Class by RobecoSAM, which is headquartered in Switzerland and the world’s leading research and rating company in the ESG investment field, for two consecutive years. Konica Minolta is the only company in the Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics sector that was awarded Gold Class.
Konica Minolta are committed to sustainability through their innovations for business and society. Supporting customers as they strive to hit their sustainability targets. With their sustainability solutions, customers can achieve higher efficiency and lower costs, as well as shape a responsible workplace. The Konica Minolta approach focuses on four customer-centric sustainability topics:
You need to consider when purchasing printers the level of certification they have in order to enable you to be sustainable. These include the Energy Star rating, which is the International standard for energy-efficient consumer products.
Blue Angel, A reliable guide to environmentally safe purchasing and EPEAT, which is an Environmental criteria covering the complete product lifecycle. Konica Minolta is the first company worldwide to receive the Blue Angel mark in the field of copying.
Konica Minolta was first in the industry to introduce recycled plastics in printers. P.E.T. , or polyethylene terephthalate from PET bottles is available in a relatively stable supply. In 2013, recycled materials made up 40% of total plastic in the bodies of Konica Minolta devices.
Today, it is up to 72% and represents the largest amount worldwide in the industry.
Konica Minolta’s toner bottles are made of recycled high density polyethylene, that are made from empty milk bottles. Konica Minolta developed their own recycling method in its toner production factories in Mexico and Malaysia. While reducing harmful chemicals in their toner, making it 100% harmless for food contact.
Sustainable Printing seems like an Oxymoron
Printing, by definition, requires resources that aren’t traditionally environmentally friendly.
Despite many business owners’ best intentions, the paperless office never really eventuated. While we’ve certainly reduced the amount of paper we use in the workplace, printing remains an unavoidable part of doing business.
If you’re looking to minimise your environmental impact, you may worry about the cost of printing from energy usage to paper and ink usage. Sustainable printing and paper is possible.
How to achieve sustainable Eco Friendly Printing
There are three key steps you can take to achieve sustainable Eco Friendly printing:
1. Choose recycled paper.
2. Select a printer with strong environmental credentials.
3. Implement strong print governance and culture around sustainable printing.
Recycled Paper v’s Virgin Paper
100 per cent recycled paper uses zero trees, 33 per cent less energy, releases 37 per cent less greenhouse gases, almost halves the amount of wastewater involved in the process and uses 39 per cent less solid waste. 1 So it’s the right choice for a business that wants to be environmentally smart.
In the old days, you could pick recycled paper from virgin paper based on quality alone. However, the quality has improved markedly and, now, it’s hard to tell the difference between recycled and non-recycled paper.
Recycled paper should be at least 30 per cent recycled but 100 per cent recycled paper is the best option because it uses less bleaching than conventional paper and reduces the use of toxic chemicals. Recycled paper incorporates full-cycle production costs, which takes responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the paper. You should do due diligence to ensure you’re choosing products produced by companies that are environmentally sustainable with a low carbon footprint.
Recycled paper incorporates full-cycle production costs, which takes responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the paper. You should do due diligence to ensure you’re choosing products produced by companies that are environmentally sustainable with a low carbon footprint.
To have the greatest environmental impact, you should choose the most environmental option within the grade of paper that you plan to use. This means you don’t need to compromise on paper quality to meet your environmental objectives.
The importance of good print governance
Setting a culture of environmental sustainability is also important to maximise your team members’ contribution. For example, setting cultural expectations around minimising printing is important. You can also set rules to reduce the amount of paper and resources used. For example, mandating that team members print documents double-sided can reduce the amount of paper that gets wasted.
Pull printing is another way to reduce the amount of wasted paper. Requiring users to input a code or swipe a card at the printer before their document will print out eliminates the chance that they’ll print a document and then forget about it. When that happens, usually the user reprints it or colleagues eventually throw it away; either way, the paper is wasted.
“We are planning proactive efforts to become a top-tier company worldwide in the areas of environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.”Shoei Yamana, President & CEO of Konica Minolta, Inc.