Check the article link for some timely tips on how to minimize printer and paper usage; please consider using a smart power strip as well, to minimize power-vampire mode for your printer and other PC peripherals
Printers are generally inexpensive to buy, which is nice, except for one thing: they are not generally inexpensive to own. The initial purchase price is only a small fraction of the cost of ownership. Ink needs to be refilled and paper needs to be replaced, and so the lifetime cost of a printer can be 10 times the $50 price tag.
What is needed is a multipronged strategy to take on the printer-industrial complex. Just know that to fight this fight, you are going to have to get some ink on your hands.