Turn your office paperless

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The very first office I ever worked in had an initiative that people were very strongly encouraged to get behind. It was called “Project Exodus”, and was meant to turn the whole office paperless – that is, encourage everyone to stop printing where they don’t need to, and make sure that everything is digital where possible, to cut down on mailing costs if nothing else. The problem was that “Project Exodus” was run by only one man, and consisted of nagging people to put “Don’t print this email” in their signatures, and printing off the words: “Project Exodus” on a piece of A4 paper and sticking it to the back of his monitor with sticky tape.

The effort was admirable, and paperless offices as a concept are becoming more and more popular around the world. Think about it: an economy that can make it difficult to go green for even the biggest companies can still be satisfied by reducing printing costs, and reducing the amount that companies pay for outgoing mail – it can all be attributed to a “paperless office” and suddenly no clients will mind that they’re not receiving hard copies anymore. For the majority of staff, too, it’s pretty easy to go paperless – not many people in an office need to print off their work on a regular basis, and those who do, being in the minority, are making a significantly smaller impact on the environment.

Recycling can all add to the efforts. Office recycling bins from The Green Office allow staff to separate recyclable waste, and make sure that nothing that can be re-used or recycled is thrown away along with the rest of the disposable trash. The plaudits for companies that try to go paperless, and make a positive contribution to the environment by reducing their carbon footprint, are well worth the effort when you consider the cost savings that can be made in the process.

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