One of the key drivers of digital technology in the workplace and, more notably, the switch away from paper forms to electronic assets, has been the widespread demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable products. Companies have started to recognize the value of aligning their objectives and operations with eco-conscious initiatives given the more common preference among corporate buyers and consumers for businesses that take part in these types of programs. 

Now, many print industry contenders are beginning to show just how sustainable and environmentally conscious they can be through the use of new technologies and practices. The future of virtually every industry is contingent upon participating companies' ability to keep pace with the times, not allowing themselves to become irrelevant or antiquated at any point, and printers are proving their mettle in these regards. 

Business Green recently asserted that the switch to more eco-friendly print manufacture is not going to hinder the quality of products created, but can rather make them even more effective. Now, think of this debate as revolving around the preferences of businesses and consumers with respect to certain specifications of paper products, including size, materials used, stock and the like, all of which need to be somewhat standardized to maintain a strong relationship between vendor and client. 

Because print industry players have made strides in the fight to become more sustainable and eco-friendly, some have been concerned that the quality of products will either go down or simply change, either of which might threaten demand. However, according to the news provider, environmentally friendly products are in high demand, and printers are already finding ways to maintain the quality of their products without having a high carbon footprint. 

Methods such as batch printing and recycling paper goods into new products were cited by the source as being some of the more common approaches to eco-friendly printing, while the ink used is also a major topic among environmentalists. In some situations, the chemicals used to treat paper products and the ink that populates the page will actually be the riskiest items involved with respect to the environment, but printers have proven their commitment to get the job done in these regards. 

Further considerations
Aside from the push for more sustainable practices, the print industry has leveraged new technologies to remain relevant among the modern private and public sectors, as well as households and consumers. Studies have indicated that the demand for print products among businesses and consumers is stabilizing after decades of steady declines, and that the recession was likely one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of continued revenue increases. 

With the financial crisis now behind the global economy and younger generations proving that they prefer paper publications and other print items for certain needs rather than digital assets, chances are that industry players will continue to refine and transform their practices to become even more eco-friendly and successful in the coming years.