Happy Monday and welcome to this week's installment of "Home is where the office is," a special springtime series of posts celebrating the roughly 20 million members of the American workforce who shuffle to their dens, spare bedrooms, kitchen tables, mom caves or backyard office pods at least once a week to perform what would otherwise be performed in a soulless office block miles away.

Today’s post is all about a necessary evil in a majority of home offices both big and small: the printer. However, as industry leaders like Brother, Canon, and Hewlett-Packard attempt to aggressively outdo each other on the environmental sustainability front, new model printers have dramatically evolved from the paper-wasting, energy-sucking, plus-sized inefficient machines that they once were into something far less eco-egregious.

Although it’s hard not to find a printer that’s green in some regard (usually in the energy-efficiency department) nowadays, below are a few standout options, both standalone printers and all-in-one-devices of both the laser and inkjet variety, from a few leading brands. All sport some of or all of the following eco-features — attributes that you should be on the lookout for when shopping around for a new lean, green printing machine. And don't forget to use recycled paper and recycle those cartridges, folks! 

  • EnergyStar certification 
  • EPEAT certification
  • RoHS compliant
  • Multiple "all-in-one" functions (print/scan/fax/copy)
  • Sleep-mode and other energy-saving functions
  • Automatic duplexing (double-sided printing) option
  • Ink/toner cartridge recycling program
  • Hardware recycling program
  • Toner/ink-saving mode
  • Use of recycled plastics/materials
  • Space-efficient
  • Reduced/recyclable packaging
 Dell V715w All-in-One Wireless Printer @ Dell ($129)

Canon imageCLASS 4350d Black & White Laser Multifunction @ Canon ($249)

HP Deskjet 3050 All-in-One Printer @ HP ($79.99)

HP ENVY 100 e-All-in-One D410a Printer @ HP ($199.99)

HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Printer @ HP ($99.99)

Lexmark E260dn Laser Printer @ Lexmark ($179)

Brother MFC J6510DW Professional Series Inkjet All-in-One Printer @ Brother ($199.95)

Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer @ Epson ($249.99)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Home is where the office is: Printers and all-in-ones
Printers aren't the energy-guzzling, paper-wasting, space-hogging monstrosities that they used to be. Here are eight standout lean, green printing machines idea