The tricks of the trade to be a sustainable green office for small to medium businesses

Going green is definitely trending within small to medium businesses and here at Kyocera, we couldn’t be happier! However businesses can struggle with ideas to help them go greener.

Going green can be an effort, but the rewards of saving money, helping the environment and building good habits definitely outweighs this. We’ve gone to the experts and created a compilation of the easiest things to do in order to make your business greener. Can you think of any more?

Utilities power board

  • Use a power strip which allows for ease when unplugging multiple devices. Purchase one with an off switch to reduce your electricity consumption. Remember to unplug your power strip at the end of the day to stop ‘phantom’ consumption of energy
  • Adjust your thermostat, to a few degrees cooler in winter, and a few degrees warmer in summer. We promise no one will notice!
  • Eliminate unused computer programs; when they run in the background they’re eating up electricity
  • Install occupancy sensors in bathrooms, kitchens and conference rooms.

Printer and Paper Products

  • Offices and teaching environments can reduce their printing amounts by charging per print. A handy feature that Kyocera Document Solutions offers through the PaperCut MF and Nuance Equitrac software solutions
  • Set your printer to automatically print duplex and multiple pages per sheet, and use the ‘draft print’ option when printing unimportant documents
  • Store manuals, policies and other documents online
  • Install eco-font (Vera Sans) which uses up to 15% less ink and toner or you can set your printing properties to the ‘eco-print’ option; a sure- fire way to save. Check it out here: http://www.ecofont.com/en/products/green/font/download-the-ink-saving-font.html
  • Switch to an electronic fax service such as ‘fax-to-email’, saving on separate paper, toner and maintenance. Kyocera Document Solutions can again help here by streamlining your workflow. To find out more visit our solutions pages.

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Are Aussies doing the right thing with E-waste?

An ongoing problem we share in the Australian community is our strong dependence on using landfill for our waste management. Recent years have seen a change in trends with more and more Australians becoming conscious of their own recycling habits.

In 2001, 19 million tonnes of waste were disposed of to landfill, and by 2007 this figure had grown to 21.3 million tonnes. Contributing to this statistic includes municipal waste, commercial and industrial waste and construction and demolition waste.

As Individuals we contribute to the growth in waste going to landfill figures incredibly. Between 1996-97 and 2006-07, the volume of waste produced per person in Australia grew from 1,200 kg per person to 2,100 kg per person per year. So how can an individual make a difference? Why not check out some hints and tips from Clean Up Australia on how you could shed an elephant or two by living greener at home and work.

However it’s not just individuals who can make a difference, businesses also need to be aware of projects and programmes that can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

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The truth about Toner: Genuine Versus Third Party Compatible

If you’re looking to save money by buying third party compatible toners for your Kyocera device, think again. Rigorous research has found that Kyocera genuine toners are not only more efficient,  reliable and safer for your machine; they create up to 73% less waste and have less downtime which leads to greater ongoing savings. Kyocera contracted the independent testing association,  TŰV Rheinland ® to undertake comprehensive testing on the differences in image quality and efficiency of genuine toner in comparison to three third party compatible toners.

The following video gives a great overview of the results from the research, and for a summary check out this great info graphic developed by KYOCERA document solutions UK.

Full Research Findings

 

For further information about Kyocera Document Solutions view our website or complete an online enquiry form.

KYOCERA – The high performance printer with extensive paper handling capabilities

Does your business have large and demanding workgroups that need fast, efficient and high quality printing options in-house? Kyocera has launched the FS-C8650DN to meet your businesses needs.

We asked George Kharoufeh, Senior Product Manager of Kyocera Document Solutions Australia and New Zealand about the new Kyocera product and its functionality.

 

Tell us about the paper handling capabilities of the new device and what this means for the user:

The FS-C8650DN offers the advanced paper handling functionality of a multifunctional device in this single function printer. This means that the machine is able to offer the user a high paper capacity and the most flexible paper handling options of any printer in the segment.

It can handle up to 8 different paper sizes so if your business needs to print labels or envelopes, posters or banners, booklets or flyers, the FS-C8650DN can print them all. The range of finishing options available include stapling, punching, booklet stitching and tri-folding adding the quality of finish your business deserves. The machines are ideal for industries such as Lawyers’ offices, Dentists or Schools where workgroups require a variety of functions on the one device. ”

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Celebrating 20 years of Kyocera ECOSYS technology

This year KYOCERA Document Solutions celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of its ECOSYS sustainable printing technology.

Environmental sustainability has been one of the underlying principles of KYOCERA Corporation’s corporate philosophy since its foundation in 1959. In 1986, KYOCERA Document Solutions’ parent company, KYOCERA Corporation, stated that ‘The environment will become an important consideration from now on.’ Since then we have created a range of products with a long lifespan and very low operating costs.

In 1992 the Kyoto Protocol was five years away from being agreed and 13 years away from coming into force. Yet we were already shipping the first ECOSYS sustainable printers. Our heritage in ceramic technology is fundamental to the low-waste design of ECOSYS printers. The long-life components we use are many times more durable than traditional alternatives meaning that in most cases our printers will have a lifespan significantly longer than other printers.

Read the full article here.

KYOCERA Partners with Planet Ark

This week KYOCERA Document Solutions announced their partnership with Planet Ark for the recycling collection of consumable waste in the work place.

As David Finn, Managing Director, Kyocera Document Solutions Australia and New Zealand explained, “ We’ve run our own recycling campaign for many years and have been proud to offer a solution that we managed ourselves. This worked very well in smaller organisations where Kyocera work with them exclusively for their printer and copier needs. Yet as we have grown, and work increasingly with larger organisations and government departments, this isn’t always the easiest solution for these customers. They may have multiple vendors and want one collection point for their consumable waste.”

The ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ (C4PA) is a well regarded and highly recognised extended producer responsibility program addressing the growing issue of electronic waste in Australia. Participation in C4PA for Kyocera’s customers is free, convenient, and provides an established network of collection boxes in more than 30,000 locations around Australia.

The aim of the program is to prevent cartridges from entering the waste stream and thereby reduce the potential environmental impact arising from the end of life disposal of cartridges. The image on the left shows how the “green machine” grinds and sorts the waste material. The recycled materials are put to a variety of uses such as turned into pens, rulers, chemical spill clean up kits, and in eWood™ applications such as park benches fencing, and signs.

Kyocera’s philosophy – to ‘dispose of less, recycle more’ and reduce the impact of business waste on the environment – is embraced from the design and creation of the product, its operation with minimal waste and cost, the foam free packaging constructed from biodegradable packaging and the final disposal of product.

Kyocera supports numerous environmental initiatives including being a signatory to the National Packaging Covenant and over a decade long partnership with Clean Up Australia, helping communities to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment.

Kyocera Document Solutions Australia is pleased to sponsor the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ recycling program and looks forward to continuing to work with their customers to help minimise waste and recycle more. Kyocera’s customers can register easily either through the Kyocera website or visiting Planet Ark’s site

Can you reduce your paper mountain?

 A case study of how fleet rationalisation and the right software solutions can deliver real savings.

TNT Express, one of the world’s leading business-to-business express delivery service providers, has not only reduced their paper mountain significantly in recent years but saved thousands of dollars in costs by deploying the right technology and changing the way they do things. It was a brave step to move from individual devices on each desk, to shared devices for each work group, but one that has certainly paid off for TNT.

As Stephen Price, National Purchasing Manager, TNT Express notes

The Kyocera MPS solution has delivered us running cost savings of around thirty eight per cent.

A large proportion of these savings have been achieved through the secure release software – it has reduced wasted copies as people can delete the document before it prints and the need to reprint a document because they can’t find it has been eliminated. We’re using more advanced technology and we’re using it smarter.”

To view the full case study click here.
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