Stacks of paper on desks is so old school. Not to mention, unnecessary paper use is detrimental to the environment. There are plenty of reasons why your business should go paperless. Saving trees, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from paper waste and saving money are enough reasons to go paperless. We, the planet, can be (and should be) doing better.
There’s also the clutter, extra space required to file papers and added time required to file them and hunt those documents down. With almost half of all paper printed in an office getting thrown away at the end of the day, you gotta ask yourself, why are you still using paper?
Here are just a few reasons why your business should go paperless:
You’ll save space
Two words. File cabinets. Just think of all the file cabinets in your office. Now, imagine them all gone. Just think of the possibilities that you can use that space for. File cabinets not only take up space, and they make up unnecessary costs, which leads us to our next reason.
You’ll save money
File cabinets are added costs alone. Then, there’s the extra square footage that you’re paying for to have those cabinets in place. There’s also printers, ink, and of course, reams of paper. Going paperless and having easy access to your documents in one place obviously cuts down on costs and time, which is our next reason! With 50% of business waste being composed of paper, isn’t it time to go paperless and stop wasting our natural resources?
You’ll save time
Filing papers, searching for those missing folders, and alphabetizing each file folder adds up! In time, that is. And we all know that time is money.
You’ll be protecting our planet
We all know paper comes from trees. But just think of the life cycle of a piece of paper. Trees are cut down and our precious Earth’s resources are used up just for a piece of paper to be thrown away at the end of the day. To be specific, about 10 billion business cards are printed every year. Yes, 10 billion with a B and a whopping 90% of those get thrown away within one week of being exchanged. It’s about time that businesses go paperless. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, about half of the world’s tropical forests have already been cleared.
A report by the US Environmental Protection Agency states that paper mills are among the worst polluters of any industry in the US. Going paperless in your business is necessary. Good for the environment, good for animals and our ecosystem and great for your bottom line. How can anyone argue agains that?