Green Printers Buyer’s Guide

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Interested in having devices that run well but also are eco-friendly? With low power consumption, recyclable materials, and enviro-aware inks, choosing a green printer has never been easier. has put together a short buyer’s guide showing off some of the “greenest” printers on the market today.

From lasers to photo printers, check out the following environmentally friendly options.

Canon Pixma MP610

Canon Pixma MP610 All-in-One

The Canon PIXMA MP610 is one of three ECO printers Canon mentions on their Environmental Activities page. The MP610 earns the ECO Product label thanks to a compact body design made with some recycled plastic, a duplexing feature and a handy sleep mode that conserves energy.
Canon imageRunner

Canon imageRunner C3380/C3380i

The other two ECO printers are the Canon imageRunner C3380/C3380i. These particular imageRunners reduce power consumption by 80% thanks to sleep mode and use recycled exterior plastic casings from previous models to save plastic.
Dell P703w

Dell P703w All-in-One Photo Printer

We reviewed this bad boy a few months back and we would like to remind everyone that it is Energy Star rated, WEEE and RoHS compliant, and – to top it all off – Dell will recycle your old printer and cartridges for free!
HP Officejet Pro 8500

HP Officejet Pro 8500 All-in-One

The Officejet Pro 8500 is so “green” that HP has a special “green” series only available at Staples. But seriously, this printer kicks it up a notch by reducing waste through handy features including: built-in duplex printing and copying, junk fax blocker, fax to network folder, PC Fax Send, paper sensors, etc. Beyond these features, the Pro 8500 is Energy Star qualified and comes with HP Smart Web Printing – software to streamline web printing. It also helps that HP will recycle your old printer through its trade-in program.
HP Deskjet D2600

HP Deskjet 2600

The HP Deskjet 2600 is definitely the most eco-friendly single function printer on the market today. It is made from 50% recycled products, Energy Star qualified, provides users with Eco-tips in the HP Solution Center and uses HP 60 ink cartridges that are made from at least 50 % recycled materials thanks to HP’s Closed Loop recycling program. Look for the release of this little printer in early May.
Kodak ESP 9

Kodak ESP 9 All-in-One Printer

Any printer that saves users $110 a year on average is doing something right. The ESP 9 uses fewer resources to do the same job as competitors – Kodak estimates you’ll save up to 50% on everything you print compared to similar consumer inkjet printers. Talk about reducing your carbon footprint! As are all the other printers on this list, the ESP is also Energy Star qualified.
Xerox Phaser 8560

Xerox Phaser 8560/8860

The first two words in the Xerox tagline for the solid ink printing line are clean and green. And Xerox means it. Unlike all the other printers on this list, there are no print cartridges for the 8560 or 8860 printers, just non-toxic resin-based solid sticks of ink that melt down in use. And thanks to the quality of the ink, recycled paper can be used with the same results as regular paper (We recently reviewed the 8560 and can testify to that). Oh, and of course the line is Energy Star qualified!

This list is no way the bible of Green Printers and we will keep updating this list as new green models arrive on the scene.

But in the meantime, there are plenty of printers on the market today that have one or two eco-friendly features and manufacturers are usually dying to tell consumers exactly how their product is giving back!



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