Printers That Plant Trees, 8,333 Pages at a Time

Guy Williams
Guy Williams, Manager, Xerox Corporate Print Services.

By Guy Williams

Just like the roots of an established tree, our history of sustainability runs deep. From two-sided printing, to the Green World Alliance program and the Xerox Print Awareness Tool, Xerox technology and software enables our customers to pursue sustainability in their operations. That means reducing environmental footprints, making workflows more efficient, and reducing printing costs.

Even with energy efficient technology and software, sustainability goals will be unmet without employee engagement. That’s why Xerox collaborates with partners like PrintReleaf — think of it as another branch to our sustainability tree, and one more tool to engage employees.

Managed print services that plants tree

Our partnership means that Xerox customers around the world can add PrintReleaf to their managed print services (MPS) contract. Based on the theme of “you print one, we’ll plant one,” PrintReleaf plants a precise number of trees that is equal to your paper consumption. Their software calculates the number of trees that produced the paper you used — that’s one tree for every 8,333 pages, based on a standard 20#, 8.5×11 sheet of paper.

Saving the world’s forests is pretty awesome. It’s even more awesome when you get to choose which forest you save. That’s why PrintReleaf asks you to choose your favorite from their network of global reforestation projects, shown in the map above.

PrintReleaf, print
How it works: PrintReleaf is a certification system and software platform for automated global reforestation. (Source:

It works! PrintReleaf plants trees for Xerox

We launched PrintReleaf internally in 52 Xerox facilities (62%) across the United States in January 2018. The 9.2 million pages we printed from January 1 to June 30 produced an estimated 117 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To put that number into perspective, that is the same amount of GHGs from 23 passenger vehicles driven annually.

To offset these emissions, PrintReleaf planted 1,104 trees – distributed evenly in the U.S., Madagascar, Mexico, Ireland, India, Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Let’s be clear: Print Releaf isn’t a get out of jail free card. By no means does PrintReleaf give us permission to print indiscriminately. It’s important to print responsibly. But in those instances when you must print, you can let out a sigh of relief – and a proud smile — knowing your actions will be covered by PrintReleaf.

Learn how Xerox helps protect the environment.

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  1. John Vian July 12, 2018 -

    Hemp is a cheap renewable resource for a better quality paper product. Just being innovating…

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