You do your best to be "green,” but what happens when green just isn’t good enough?
When it comes to energy conservation, we can be left wanting more from our equipment in terms of both get-the-job-done performance and conservation. According to GreenBiz,1 after people get to their third energy-efficient purchase, they typically don’t see the impact they expected — and they stop buying eco-friendly and stop making energy-efficient improvements.
Throughout recent focus groups, Americans have said that “green products just don’t work as well” and those who are in the market for a specific green product will find numerous complaints in consumer reviews about a product's quality and lack of performance.
According to GreenBiz, when asked what we want in an eco-friendly product, the answer is simple:
1. Bake sustainability in — meaning that eco modes should be automatic, not a setting or add on.
2. Make sure the product performs well and does what it’s supposed to do.
Sounds easy enough, right? Yet, green initiatives continue to challenge manufacturers and frustrate us eco-conscious consumers.
Our MFPs enter a low power sleep mode after a pre-determined amount of time of going unused. Since you're only running at full power when someone submits a job, you're conserving energy in between uses.
We do more than strive for energy conservation — we achieve it. That’s why we’re continuously recognized by leading environmental agencies and energy conservation organizations.
In 2014 the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) named us a 2014 ENERGY STAR® award winner for Excellence in Energy Efficient Product Design. In 2016 the EPA recognized us with the highly coveted 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for our outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by:
“Ricoh has been a strong supporter of ENERGY STAR and we strive for ‘practical’ energy performance to achieve the ENERGY STAR qualification while maintaining ease of use attributes,” says George.
We are also one of the first companies to reach the gold level of the EPEAT® (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) program which looks at 10 environmental attributes including design, energy use and recycling. By utilizing EPEAT standards, we continue to enhance our complete portfolio of products and services to better manage and reduce environmental impact and cost while first meeting our customer’s needs.