Digital vs. Print: What’s the Real Story?

Digital vs. Print: What’s the Real Story?

The emphasis of the digital revolution is on sustainability. Digital greener, with the idea that as we move away from traditional printing and paper-based technology we’ll create a cleaner workplace with less environmental impact and footprint. But is there a hidden cost in moving to digital?

Digital Isn’t Completely Without Footprint

The honest truth is that everything comes at a price, and that includes digital workflows. A digital workplace still makes use of electricity, which is generated from various sources, many of which aren’t particularly green or sustainable. Moving beyond simple energy costs, you must also consider the footprint left behind by the physical technology of your digital infrastructure. Digital doesn’t take place wholly in the ether, and the servers, computers, network backbones, and mobile devices all have their own environmental costs when it comes to production and operation.

What Is Green Printing?

When finding a balance between digital and print sustainability, green printing is an option. Green printing involves:

  • Use of cleaner, more sustainable energy sources, including solar, wind, and hydroelectric power
  • Increasingly efficient full-lifecycle workflows centered on waste reduction
  • Introduction of reduced-footprint digital technologies into the printing process
  • Extensive and growing use of recycled materials

Balancing hidden costs in digital versus print is more complicated than ever. However, with the right information and resources you can make the best decisions regarding your document and print management needs.

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