The past week at work, I had a project that involved a lot of printing. Our industrial office printer is definitely temperamental, and few have figured out how to get along with it. I’m one of the lucky ones, simply because I have decided to let the machine be the machine and have not requested anything of it besides printing one sided every once in a blue moon. For smaller projects, I use my desk printer which is more manageable.
Anyway, the industrial office printer (IOP) does this silly thing where it prints a “burn” page before printing the document. And it doesn’t leave the page blank. It prints the name of the person who ordered the print job. For this particular job, I had to print several separate documents. I couldn’t compile them to print together. So here’s the question: At what point should I have considered convenience over being green?
You see, each file required 2 or 3 documents, which required me to open up the tray before I hit “ok” for each document and loading it with a scrap piece of burn paper. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if IOP was in the same room as my desk, but of course not. In an effort to save paper, I got up to replace the burn sheet for every. single. document. I may have saved the office from wasting approximately one hundred sheets of paper, 20% of a ream. I may have also lost two or more hours of productivity. Which is worse? At what point should I have given up? I’m not the greenest, crunchiest girl, but I try to do my part. Dealing with the IOP might qualify as a big effort for me. A tree out there better be thanking me. Seriously.
I guess the solution would be to just tell the printer to stop doing a burn sheet. But I am scared that might ruin our precarious relationship. Are you letting your office appliances take over your life? What are your green living limitations?