Epson reprints the rules on sustainability and business sense

The prediction of a ‘paperless office’ started 40 years ago when the phrase was coined by Vincent E. Giuliano – a management consultant from Arthur D. Little Inc, voicing his views in BusinessWeek magazine. But despite efforts by companies through the decades to reduce the number of documents printed, the reality is that almost every business needs to print things. Letters, labels, menus, contracts, reports, marketing collateral…the list is endless.

Old habits or practicality?

There are many reasons why many of us prefer to print information, rather than view it on a screen. Research shows that reading printed text improves comprehension, concentration and retention, and reduces stress and fatigue. In fact, to give you an idea of how much printing we do, it’s estimated that 65 million ink cartridges are used in the UK every year[1].

So, the need to print is here to stay. But that comes with a significant cost to companies in printer supplies and electricity. And it has a serious impact on the environment in terms of CO2. This means we need to address sustainability by finding ways to make printing greener.

The triple bottom line – factoring in sustainability

There has long been a debate among businesses about profitability versus sustainability. Everyone can agree that reducing waste and using materials more efficiently is good for both people and the planet. Embracing pro-environment practices boosts positive brand associations among consumers, and employees have higher morale when they feel good about what their company is doing.

It’s in step with the concept of the triple bottom line – which goes beyond a company’s financial value and also measures a company’s degree of social responsibility and its environmental impact. (Often summed up as people, profits and planet.) To be truly sustainable, companies must balance all three.

Going green used to cost the earth. Has that changed?

But adopting green practices often involves an increase in cost – such as switching to a supplier of green energy or only using fair trade products. It can also cause disruption to the business, creating issues around quality or complexity. Historically, enterprises could more easily afford to choose the sustainable path. But for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), choosing a more expensive option simply isn’t an option. Tight profit margins and tough economic times mean they have to prioritise the bottom line over the good of the planet. However, when it comes to printing, it’s now possible to have the best of both worlds.

Reprinting the rules on what inkjets can do

Laser printers have long been the default choice for businesses. They were seen as better for crisp black text and the only option for higher volumes of printing. They were useful for workgroups, equipped with management tools and support for business apps.

And conventional wisdom was that laser printers were more expensive to buy but cheaper to run. However, a new generation of business inkjet printers is set to turn convention on its head and bring greener, lower cost printing to budget-conscious SMBs – with no compromise on quality.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5000 series – good for people, profits and planet

Recently launched, this versatile series of printers and multifunction devices (MFDs) is ideal for small businesses and outlets that are looking for an alternative to power-hungry laser printers, in order to cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

A people pleaser

When it comes to people, the WorkForce Pro WF-C5000 series is an ideal solution for small workgroups who need simplicity and reliability. These inkjets provide hassle-free, low maintenance printing. In fact, they hold 830 sheets of paper and can print up to 10,000 pages without changing supplies2, so everyone’s working day has fewer interruptions. Designed for flexibility, the WorkForce Pro WF-C5000 series can handle almost anything – recycled paper, glossy media, envelopes and labels. There’s a smartphone-inspired touchscreen, making it easy to use. And with a fast First Page Out Time (FPOT) of 5.3 seconds for colour and 4.8 for mono3, there’s less waiting around – an instant productivity booster.

Eco-printing at its best

Profits and planet benefit from these printers low-power consumption as they use at least 90% less energy than comparable laser models4. That’s a cost saving on energy for the business and a lot less CO2 going into the atmosphere. There’s more good news for the bottom line, with a saving of least 50% per colour page, when compared to those same laser printers5.

Business-ready with all the extras

The WorkForce Pro WF-C5210DW and WF-C5290DW are hardworking printers, delivering crisp text and great colour images, ready for any small workgroup. For offices and outlets that need more functionality, the WorkForce Pro WF-C5710DWF and WF-C5790DW are multifunction devices that can also scan, copy and fax.

And if you think only laser printers have the apps needed for business users, think again. The WorkForce Pro WF-C5790DW takes advantage of the Epson Open Platform, making it simple to integrate existing enterprise applications and workflows, as well as take advantage of third-party solutions. For example, PaperCut MF gives businesses control over printing, with visibility over usage by user, department, device or environmental impact.
In short, the WorkForce Pro WF-C5000 series is the ideal replacement for low-end colour laser printers, helping business cut costs and CO2, and supporting their CSR activities.

A greener future

For a final thought on the overall environmental impact, these Epson Business Inkjets could make, let’s look at a few figures. If every business in the UK switched to Epson Business Inkjet printers, the reduction in CO2 would be equivalent to the volume absorbed by at least 5 million trees. There would be a waste saving of 30,000 tonnes. And it would save enough power to run at least 60,000 households6. That’s a positive switch to make.

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2 Print up to 10,000 pages in Monochrome, 5,000 in Colour without changing supplies. For WF-5790 and WF-5290 models only. WF-5710 and WF-5210 have maximum Ink Cartridge yields of 5,000 pages in both monochrome and colour.


4 A comparison made against the top 10 best-selling colour laser printers in Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe, with a print speed between 1 and 30 pages per minute, as defined by IDC in the 12 months up to June 2017. Data were taken from BLI.

5 A comparison made against the top 10 best-selling colour laser printers, with a print speed between 1 and 30 pages per minute, in Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe as defined by IDC in the 12 months up to June 2017. CPP data are taken from GAP intelligence report for August 2017 and is an average of pricing seen in DE, FR and UK (with value in Euros as quoted by GAP). Epson values based on RRP of XXL ink packs (5,000 pages yield according to IEEE/ISO 24711/24712). Pricing for competitor models was the lowest CPP available.


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