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10 easy ways to help the environment

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At Brother we work constantly to reduce our impact on the environment. 

In fact, we were the first printer manufacturer to receive Blue Angel certification on inkjet devices. A Blue Angel label signifies long service life, low energy usage and minimal environmental impact.

As part of our environmental policy we are also committed to helping our customers to do their bit. We all want to be greener, and we’re here to help. That’s why we’ve come up these top 10 easy environment tips that can help you make a real difference.

10 ways for a happier planet

Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 1) Recycle your Brother print cartridges

1. Recycle your Brother print cartridges

Just package them up and send them back to us, free of charge, and we’ll do the rest. Doing this also supports our work with the environmental charity Cool Earth.

Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 2) Print double sided

2. Print double sided


A simple change to your print settings can halve your paper usage in a single click.

Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 3) Only print the pages you need

3. Only print the pages you need


It sounds obvious, but we’ve all printed 30-page documents when we only actually want a couple of pages!
Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 4) Don’t leave computers and other appliances in standby

4. Always use the printer's standby function


According to the Energy Saving Trust, up to 16% of domestic energy consumption is caused by appliances left in standby mode*. We recommend that the standby function is used for our printers.
Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 5) Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies

5. Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies


If customers support greener ways of doing business, more companies will adopt them.
Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 6) Recycle your old or broken printer

6. Recycle your old or broken printer


Old printers don’t belong in your bin! It’s easy to find your nearest recycling centre online.

Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 7) Use newer, more energy efficient machines

7. Use newer, more energy efficient machines


When you’re buying a new printer, look for its energy rating and environmental credentials.

Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 8) Print grayscale

8. Print grayscale


If you’re printing a black & white document, go to settings and click on the ‘Grayscale’ option. It can help reduce the amount of ink you use.
Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 9) Consider your print quality settings

9. Consider your print quality settings


Adjust your print quality settings when printing draft documents. Lowering the resolution will save you ink and time.
Blog image icon and number for 10 ways to help the environment: 10) Use genuine supplies

10. Use genuine supplies


Using original ink cartridges and toner cartridges minimises your energy consumption. Brother printers are designed to work with your genuine supplies to reduce waste and the impact that you have on the environment.

To find out more about Brother’s recycling initiatives and how you can recycle your print cartridges with us, visit our Brother Earth page.

 

*energysavingtrust.org.uk

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