Never before has the state of the environment been such a hot topic. It’s no longer just individuals making conscious choices that are better for the environment; today companies are the ones making some of the most substantial green choices. With that said, businesses are now looking for ways to reduce the amount of paper used in the office.
It’s not just about the environmental impacts, though. Did you know that the cost of paper has now reached £15bn per year here in the UK? Statistics show that the typical offer worker uses 1,584 sheets of paper each and every month. Considering there are over 25 million office workers in the UK, that’s a rather large amount of paper. Further studies go on to show that by the time the paper has been purchased, stored, printed on, and even required postage to be mailed out, it costs roughly 30 times the purchasing cost.
Here’s a look at some simple tips you can use in your office starting today which will reduce the amount of paper being used.
Start Using Double Sided Paper
Here’s a tip that is very easy to put into practice and can have a huge impact on your costs. Double-sided paper allows you to print on both sides, which means you’ll require less paper. You don’t have to make any sacrifices as to what you print and how much you print by using this tip.
Light Weight Paper
Another tip is to ask your paper supplier about options in the weight of the paper. There is lighter weight paper, which means less materials/products have been used to make it. This doesn’t tend to save you as much money as the double-sided paper option, but it will still make a difference.
Reuse the Paper Waste
Chances are your employees have notepads and sticky notes available at their desk. Here’s another opportunity to reduce the amount of paper you’re using. You can encourage your employees to reuse paper that has been printed on just one side as their “notepad”.
If you’re ready to make a drastic change, then digital is the way to go. This will reduce the largest costs, and will also be better for the environment. When you go digital, there is no need to purchase paper, store it, and deal with postage fees. Digital files may even allow you to downsize your office space since you won’t have to worry about storing files in large cabinets and filing systems.
Obviously, it’s not practical to assume everything can be digitised, but you can certainly aim to transfer as much as possible into digital format.
Every Bit Counts Towards the Savings
As you work to reduce the amount of paper that is being used in your office, and essentially cut back on paper costs, it’s important to understand that every little bit counts. If all employees make just a couple changes to their paper habits and needs, the company as a whole will enjoy significant savings.