While efforts to go paperless in the office are becoming more popular, we're still a long way from reducing paper waste in numbers significant enough to make a real difference. Read on to discover some sobering realities, with a feasible solution that can have a huge impact, if we let it.
Some Sobering Facts
Australians still use paper products at alarming rates, both at home and in the office. The following statistics from Australian Science and Clean Up Australia are troubling indeed, and should serve as a call for all of us to make reducing paper waste a priority.
- In one year alone, Australians consumed 4,250,000 tonnes of paper and paper products. Even more troubling, we sent 1.9 million tonnes of that paper directly to landfill.
- Businesses are big consumers of paper, and of 10,000 sheets used, 50% is thrown away.
- Virgin printer paper has an enormous environmental cost —24 trees must be felled to produce just one tonne.
- Just 25% of each felled tree is serviceable for the production of paper products.
- It's not only trees that are at stake. At 90,000 litres per tonne, paper production consumes staggering amounts of water.
Enter Document Management
Reducing paper waste begins with each of us, on both a personal and business level. That's one of the reasons many companies turn to Document Management for help. From reducing paper waste to improving overall enterprise productivity, Document Management is a win on all fronts. Here are just a few of the many reasons why:
- Convert paper-based processes to streamlined digital workflows to make reducing paper waste automatic.
- Replace wasteful paper storage solutions with digitised documents that require almost no room to store and use absolutely no valuable paper-based resources.
- Leverage mobile workflows to reduce printing requirements even further. With a Document Management solution in place, your mobile workers can access the information they require without the need for cumbersome paper files.
To find out how Document Management can be your organisation's first step toward reducing paper waste and improving efficiency, contact us at Inland Technology today!