How to Foster Mindful Printing Habits

Dale McIntyre

Dale McIntyre

Vice President | Marketing, Sustainability

BEFORE JOINING PHAROS, Dale brought his energy and creative vision to Kodak (while dreaming of being a professional baseball player). Author of over 160 US Patents, Dale has a knack for translating technology into the language of business, and vice versa. He has helped lead Pharos in exciting new directions, from bringing fresh clarity to the Pharos brand to being the driving force behind the company’s recent recognition as a certified B Corp.

An avid explorer, Dale has hiked all 46 High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains and savors the solitude of wilderness settings while camping, hiking and canoeing with his wife, three boys and friends. His passion for sustainability is driven by a strong sense of stewardship and is evident in his approach to his varied personal pursuits.

“Pharos values my passion for learning and creativity, for applying the skills I have acquired to a new set of challenges. I enjoy the process of growing the business and the flexibility afforded to me to get it done.”

Most people don’t give much thought to office printing. Because printing is a habitual part of everyday office workflows and processes, it’s often taken for granted. This tendency even applies to the people who are tasked with managing print for their organizations. Typically, cost management strategies for office printing are focused only on print devices and related supplies, rather than the big picture.

But printing is more about people than it is about printers. Most people print at the office for one of two reasons: business processes and workflows, or just out of habit. On average, employees print about 6,000 pages every year, and more than half of those pages are wasted or unnecessary, which isn’t altogether surprising: Employees acknowledge that a large chunk of their printed material could be read on a computer screen instead.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize printing this much has significant consequences on both the environment and profits. Each year, an average of 18 trees are cut down to accommodate the paper usage of every 10 employees. And don’t forget about toner and ink cartridges: It takes one gallon of fossil oil to produce a single laser cartridge.

Most business leaders underestimate the number of printing devices they own throughout the enterprise, so it’s no wonder that so many of them are surprised to learn they’re spending 1 to 3 percent of their annual revenue on printing. The true cost of printing is difficult for most companies to gauge because so much of it is hidden. Beyond the cost of printers, paper, toner, and routine maintenance, add the energy consumption costs of a large device fleet.

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Let us help you establish more mindful and sustainable printing habits in your organization. You’ll be surprised to see how much more efficient your printing operations can be and how much money you can save your organization every year. Start the conversation today!

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