When it comes to going paperless – there are plenty of benefits. Whether you are attempting to decrease your individual impact on paper waste, or a business attempting to create a paperless office, you will undeniably experience positive repercussions. In a recent blog post by The Pre-Check Company, they supported their decision to become a paperless office by highlighting the positive impact that going paperless will have for their organization. They shed light on the many positive side-effects that their commitment will yield, including:
- Savings in cost of paper, printer ink, filing supplies
- Savings in physical space (rental & storage fees)
- Decrease in cost associated with labor – filing, searching, and retrieving documents.
- Improving customer service
The benefits of going paperless do not stop here. Companies who embrace the idea of the paperless office will not only realize the immediate and long term benefits that this commitment will have on their bottom line – they will also be helping the environment. When considering the move into a paperless office – one should also consider the following facts about paper and paper waste.
15 Reasons for a Paperless Office: Paper & Paper Waste Facts:
- It takes 2.6 gallons of water to produce 1 sheet of paper (Orange County Water District)
- We are close to having 3 trillion documents stored by businesses and government agencies (The Paperless Project)
- More than 70% of businesses would fail within 3 weeks should they suffer a catastrophic loss of paper records (The Paperless Project)
- It is estimated that 95% of business information is stored on paper (Paper Recycling Wiki)
- 115 billion sheets of paper are used annually for personal computers (Worldwatch Institute)
- 700 pounds of paper are consumed by the average American each year (Environmental Defense Fund, Champion Paper Mills)
- 45% of paper in the US is recycled…compared to the 77% in the Netherlands, 67% in Germany, and 52% in Japan. (Worldwatch Institute)
- It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the NY Times (North Carolina Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling)
- Every tree provides oxygen for 3 people
- Americans throw away 4 million tons of office paper each year – enough to build a 12 foot wall from New York to California (American Forest and Paper Association, 2004)
- About 40 million tons of paper is not recycled each year in the US.
- Recycling half of the world’s paper in 1990 would have freed 20 million acres of land (The Recycler’s Handbook, 1990)
- Every ton of recycled paper will save over 16 trees (Purdue Research Foundation and US Environmental Protection Agency, 1996)
- When paper rots, it releases methane gas – 25 times more toxic than CO2 (International Institute for Environment and Development)
- According to the American Forest and Paper Association, in 2010, the average person discarded 334 pounds of paper
A paperless office is not only great for your business – it is amazing for the environment. If you would like to learn more about how NEdocs can help your company improve its bottom line and improve our planet – contact us today!