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Save Money and the Environment With a Paperless Office

April 13, 2016

Save Money and the Environment With a Paperless Office

Beyond the obvious money-saving benefits from switching to a paperless office, there are also environmental advantages. A simple change to paperless can not only save your company thousands of dollars, but also helps keep the environment thriving. Consider some of the following facts about paper, and how paper usage can negatively impact the environment.

Facts About Paper in the American Office

  • Average US worker can use as many as 10,000 sheets of paper annually: That’s 20 reams of paper per person. It is estimated that one ream of paper uses the equivalent of about 6 percent of a tree; this means the average US worker consumes over a tree per year just for paper.
  • On average, a person in the US uses more than 700 pound of paper a year: To put this in context, a zebra can weigh about 700 pounds. Most of this paper can be used in a paperless manner.
  • The US uses 68 million trees each year to produce paper and paper products: Plain and simple, we use a lot of paper.
  • 45% of paper printed in offices ends up in trash by the end of the day: In other words, almost half of the paper used in offices could almost certainly not be printed, and instead be used in a paperless function.

The reality is, paper is a major expenditure for most businesses, and it takes a toll on the environment. The other reality is, a lot of this paper doesn’t need to be used. Excessive paper usage creates problems for the environment.

How Going Paperless Can Help the Environment

  • Reduced pollution: A 2008 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that nearly 150 million Americans live in areas with potentially hazardous levels of air pollution. Trees are an excellent way to reduce air pollution. Cutting down too many raises the risk of poor air quality.
  • Less waste: A large amount of the waste accumulating in landfills is from paper products. Landfills are unhealthy for the environment. Reducing the size of the landfills by reducing paper usage helps the environment.
  • Wildlife preservation: According to Planet Green, deforestation results in the extinction of about 137 animals and insect species daily.

Don’t forget the most immediate benefit to your business from going paperless: LOWER COSTS.

It often doesn’t cost much money to transition to paperless; this investment typically pays for itself in short order. Start saving money and the environment simultaneously! works with business in the United States and Canada on paperless office solutions. For more information, please contact us today.

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