Sept. 21, 2017

When Paper Is Not as Eco-Friendly as We Think

Turn into a paperless office and help save the environment, one paper document at a time.

Despite the height of today’s digital age, people remain to be huge consumers of paper. Aside from its apparent use for printing and writing, paper is used in a wider array of items such as container boxes, packaging, grocery bags, tissue rolls, and a lot more. The global consumerist culture continually raises the demand for paper and it poses great environmental concerns about the world’s remaining natural resources.

Deforestation is just the start of the damages brought by irresponsible paper use. According to The Paperless Project: the industry of pulp and paper actually uses more water for production than any other industry; accounts for the use of 4% of the entire world’s energy; and consumes more than 60% of the roughly 17 billion cubic feet of timber harvested worldwide annually. Additionally, the entire process contributes greatly in the emission of greenhouse gases.

A place guilty of so much paper waste would undeniably be the office — where an average employee uses over 10,000 paper sheets a year, with a hefty percent of it only ending up in the trash each day. As a matter of fact, companies in the US — one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of paper — spend up to $120 billion printing documents that would most likely be outdated after three months. Come to think of it, it only takes less than two seconds to waste paper but more than two decades to grow a tree.

The most obvious action to address this issue is to use less paper. Two-sided printing goes a long way. Reducing font sizes also lessen document pages, eventually saving a lot. Once the sheets are all used up, the company can then send them to paper recycling plants to be processed into new sheets.

But what about the paper documents you have to keep? Choose the more practical and environmentally-friendly option: digitize them.

In addition to the environmental threats of paper waste, keeping stacks of documents subtly increase company expenditures. To start, there is the initial cost of filing cabinets and shelves. Of course, these storage materials take up rented space. Once the storage area becomes larger, additional employees might soon be needed to maintain it. Then, expenses would still rise for every misfiled or lost document. And the biggest risk of physical storage? The business can fail immediately if important and irreplaceable documents get destroyed by fire, flood, or other hazards.

If your company invests in going paperless, not only do you cut costs, you also get to cut the time spent looking for documents in endless aisles of shelves and cabinets. Think you don’t have the time? Anderson Group BPO can help you with data entry services that will scan, encode, and digitize your documents while you continue doing the work you do best.  

Oh, and one more thing: remember the coffee you had before going to work this morning? We hate to break it to you but having your drinks in paper cups is not all eco-friendly because the cup cannot be recycled at all. Make everyday a bring-your-own-mug-to-work day! A friendly reminder from Anderson Group BPO.

 

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