Going Green with Konica Minolta: Saving Money, Saving the Environment

go green power buttonWe are very proud to be a Konica Minolta Authorized Dealer. In addition to a top-quality product that we feel 100% confident in, we know we can stand behind a company that is always striving toward protecting the environment.

Several years ago, Konica Minolta started its Eco Vision 2050 environmental initiative. They are committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 80% over 2005 levels by 2050 and reducing pollutants throughout the life cycle of their products. This program impacts everything from the corporate offices to the manufacturing of their products to the products themselves.

How Do Environmental Initiatives Benefit You?

Cost-Free Recycling

To help you keep your recyclable materials out of the landfill, Konica Minolta offers Our Clean Planet, a cost-free recycling program for customers. Through the Our Clean Planet program, businesses can recycle toner cartridges, imaging units, waster toner bottles, developer, developer units and drums. Over 200 tons of material, 150,000 items, have been recycled by businesses through the program.

It is open to all sizes of businesses and organizations. For small businesses and even home offices, the program will provide you with UPS labels that can be affixed to your consumable’s box and shipped at no cast to you. If you are with a mid-sized business, recycling boxes can be provided that hold 10-15 consumable items per box.

Join the Our Clean Planet program and begin recycling your consumables.

Green Products & Electronics Save You Money

You may not think much about the technology that goes into manufacturing and engineering the toner your copier or multi-function printer uses. Using advanced technology, Konica Minolta has created its exclusive Simitri HD toner with significant environment advantages. The toner is formulated with biomass plant-based materials and requires one-third less toner to create an image than ordinary toners. It also fuses to paper at lower temperatures, which means it generates less heat and requires less energy. For businesses, this means you are not using as much toner or electricity, saving you money.

All of Konica Minolta’s multi-function printers are Energy Star Certified and many have achieved elite Gold or Silver stats on the U.S. Government’s EPEAT registry for energy efficiency. Having an energy-efficient multi-function printer or copier in your office will help you reduce your electricity costs. If you are considering upgrading your old printer or copier, you will want to take a look at Konica Minolta’s Eco Calculator. You can input your current system and the system you are thinking of purchasing and see what your projected energy savings will be.

Finally, managed print services can help your company reduce costs while helping the environment. Our staff can help you analyze your current workflow and find ways to streamline your operations. Once optimized, you will find that your company saves energy, paper and print costs.

If you are a business owner in Canton, Akron, Youngstown or Western Pennsylvania, contact us to find out how we can help you save money and save the environment at the same time.

Recycle Konica Minolta Toner Cartridges with Clean Planet Program

If you’re using a Konica Minolta copier, printer or multi-function printer (MFP), you can now recycle toner cartridges – as well as waste toner boxes, imaging units, developer/developer units and drums – quickly, easily and at no cost. Called the Clean Planet Program, this effort is one facet of Konica Minolta’s ongoing green efforts to protect the environment, reduce landfill waste and minimize its ecological footprint.

This program is available to small, home-office, mid-sized and large (high-volume) businesses, as well as organizations that use optimized print services.

You might be wondering how the toner and ink cartridge recycling program works. The process is simple:

  • Order Konica Minolta Clean Planet box or recycling pallet and UPS labels. If you have an optimized print services agreement, use the established process for printing out postage paid labels.
  • Package consumables in the Clean Planet box, affix the shipping label and send it to Konica Minolta via UPS.
  • Upon arrival, Konica Minolta will sort your consumables, check their condition and replace damaged and worn parts with new ones.
  • The used toner cartridges are put back together and filled with new toner, tested and then placed in new packages.
  • They are sold as remanufactured cartridges.

Graphic Enterprises is proud to be part of Konica Minolta’s recycling effort. Let us help you get the program started for your business or organization. Visit our environment page for more information.