By Marcus Leach

Environmentally conscious UK workers are printing fewer business documents than compared to a year ago, according to a survey carried out by Lexmark.

The poll found that 73% of respondents were printing fewer emails compared to a year ago, whilst another 53% had cut back on printing general business and marketing documents. A further 41% said they were also more restrained when it came to printing financial records.

However, the green message was not getting through in some cases, with 23% of those who did print revealing that the last page printed in their document batch featured the words ‘please think twice about printing this message’.

A further 63% also admitted that they forgot to change the settings to the duplex printing, a function that allows users to be more environmentally responsible and cost efficient by printing on both sides of the paper.

Those polled remained sceptical about the concept of the ‘paperless’ office. Only 43% did believe in the ‘paperless’ ideal, but added that they could never see it happening in reality. And a third (33%) stated they would like to bring it about, though they just could not see it happening in everyday operations because of the nature of modern business.

Forty per cent thought they would save anything between 5% and 20% on costs if they managed their print needs better in 2011 and 70% confirmed that printed paper was recycled once it had served its use. However, 55% stated that cost determined which printers they would buy when it came time to review their hardware choice and supplier.

“Over the past five years, there has been a real global drive for workers, manufacturers and suppliers to act more responsibly to help save the environment and ensure that it is sustainable for the generations to come," Gary Bourland, country general manager for Lexmark UK & Ireland, said.

"It is heartening to see from this poll that over the past year people have been more environmentally conscious and are now printing less in their everyday tasks.

“The movement towards reducing carbon footprint has been combined with the impact from the recession which has led organisations of all sizes to look at making cost savings, which include the potential implementation of a managed print service in larger enterprises."

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