Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important consideration in all areas of business operations, with 57% of IT decision-makers surveyed by Quocirca saying they expect suppliers to take a lead on sustainability over the next three years.
At Lexmark, we believe we are already doing this, and our achievements in this area continue to receive industry-wide recognition, most recently with the 2021 PrintIT Award for Sustainability, which we received in December.
Sylvie Thomas, our Head of EMEA Sustainability, Public Affairs, CSR & Circular Economy, points out that Lexmark’s focus on sustainability is not a recent conversion but a long-standing commitment built upon three pillars: sustainable design with long-lasting products; efficient use to minimise environmental impact; and responsible reuse and recycling.
Examples include the use of metal frames in products for greater durability; the development of high-yield consumables; the use of post-consumer recycled plastics in cartridge remanufacturing; and waste reduction initiatives like the Lexmark Cartridge Collection Programme (LCCP), which since 1991 has made it free and easy for customers to return toner cartridges to recycling centres, and the Lexmark Equipment Collection Programme (LECP) for recycling electronic waste.
Sylvie welcomes the 2021 PrintIT Award for Sustainability as testament to these achievements but adds that there is still much more to do to help partners and customers adopt more sustainable printing practices.
“We are absolutely delighted that our efforts in this area have been recognised with the PrintIT Award for Sustainability, which serves as validation that we are on the right path to creating the difference our customers and partners desire. Climate change is a major challenge that we all face together, and it is one of our key priorities at Lexmark to ensure not only that sustainability is at the core of everything we do but also to help our partners and customers realise their sustainability goals. When it comes to sustainability, print is often a missed opportunity. However, we want to change this mindset and educate businesses on how their print infrastructure can feed into their sustainability strategy in a way that reduces their impact on the environment and improves their bottom line.”
In the meantime, Lexmark will continue to lead the way in sustainability. We recently announced our commitment to become Net Zero and as part of this will increase our focus on the Circular Economy to transform how we use materials.
To find out more about how you can help reduce the environmental impact of printing, please visit www.lexmark.com