Print on demand has revolutionized printing with small-scale, on-demand production, reducing waste and costs. However, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of these services and how they contribute to sustainability efforts.


Reduced Waste

One of the main benefits of print-on-demand services is reducing waste. Traditional printing methods often lead to surplus inventory and waste due to producing large quantities of products, including overproduction of items that may not sell. In contrast, print-on-demand services produce only what is required, minimising waste. Printulu employs a method called “gang runs,” where multiple jobs are printed at once to reduce wastage for each print job.

Lower Carbon Footprint

Print on demand services also has a lower carbon footprint compared to traditional printing methods. Since production is done on-demand, there is less energy used in production and transportation. In addition, the products are often produced locally, reducing the amount of transportation required and further lowering the carbon footprint.

Responsible Printing Practices

Many print on demand services take environmental responsibility seriously and have implemented responsible printing practices. This includes using environmentally-friendly materials and printing processes, such as using water-based inks and recycled paper.

Some of the papers Printulu uses are produced in European mills that are renowned for meeting the highest quality and environmental standards. These efforts help to reduce the environmental impact of print on demand services and contribute to sustainability efforts.

In conclusion, Printulu online printing services offer several environmental benefits compared to traditional printing methods. From reducing waste to implementing responsible printing practices, print on demand services play a crucial role in contributing to sustainability efforts. Whether you’re a business owner or a consumer, consider the environmental impact of your printing choices and choose a print on demand service that aligns with your values.


An increasing number of consumers are becoming more conscious of the environmental impact of the products they purchase. They are looking for environmentally friendly options when shopping. Wouldn’t you be happier ordering your calendars and knowing that they aren’t weighing down the earth?

I can proudly say as a Printulu employee that I have recently started recycling and re-using. After watching the documentary “kiss the ground” on Netflix, I was shocked to learn the truth. The earth as we know it will change sooner than I anticipated. Thus, My husband and I have started reusing old coke bottles to create a hydroponic system to grow spinach & strawberries. It took my husband one afternoon to set it up & you know what? We should all be doing our part for the environment. And if that means rather using an online printer than a walk-in print shop then so be it. 

Paper recycling and the print industry are closely related, as paper is a major raw material used in printing. Here are some facts about paper recycling and the print industry:

  1. Recycling paper can have a significant impact on reducing the environmental impact of the print industry. It conserves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps to reduce waste.
  2. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper recycling saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and conserves water.
  3. Many printing companies have implemented paper recycling programs. Examples are using recycled paper or implementing in-house recycling systems, to reduce their environmental impact.
  4. The use of recycled paper in the print industry has increased significantly in recent years. Recycled paper accounts for approximately 71% of the total fibre used in paper production in the United States in 2020.
  5. In addition to recycling paper, the print industry can also adopt environmentally friendly practices. Using vegetable-based inks, reducing waste, and implementing energy-efficient systems are practices to look at.

These are some of the ways in which paper recycling and the print industry are connected. Showcasing how the print industry can reduce its environmental impact through recycling and other sustainable practices.


Statistics about print on demand services:

  1. Online retail growth is expected due to increasing e-commerce popularity and online purchasing convenience. (Source: MarketsandMarkets)
  2. According to a survey by Printify, around 68% of print on demand businesses reported an increase in sales in 2020.
  3. Over 50% of print on demand businesses sell on marketplaces like Etsy & Amazon, 35% have their own website – Printful survey.

In conclusion, print on demand services has become a popular choice for businesses and individuals in South Africa. Offering cost-effective and flexible solutions for product production and printing. E-commerce growth is driving the demand for eco-friendly print on demand services. The question is what are you doing to help mother earth?

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