A look around you will reveal that the concept of going ‘paperless’ has perhaps remained a ‘myth’ and may stay so for a while, especially in our part of the world if we do not stop to consider the environment.
At a time when the world is getting so full of electronic devices and digital communication media that should drastically minimize the need for the printed-paper, it’s surprising that many people are not doing much to reduce their use of paper and reliance on printed materials.
But the fact remains that when we minimize printing, we save paper, and consequently save more trees, with grave positive implications for our environment.
Therefore, it is pertinent we consider the environment before that next printing exercise.
We’re sure you’ve seen this message on so many email newsletters. But we don’t know if it’s helping to reduce waste. One thing we know is that it’s worth trying, and here is why:
We’re not against printing. We’re against wasting resources.
We don’t want to stop people from printing. We simply think that, sometimes, people, and not everyone, need reminding that wasting paper, ink and toner doesn’t make economic or environmental sense.
Not just email
Our message isn’t limited to emails. Every day, people hit the print button without really considering why. Often, it’s because we’re used to seeing things on paper that we have some irrational desire to hoard information “so we’ve got it to hand”. However, most of the time, this spontaneous compulsion to print is unnecessary.
More than half of all pages printed are never used
We estimate that over 50% of pages printed are never looked at. Consider how many times an almost completely blank “page 2 of 2” comes out of your printer when printing emails and documents.
We hope that by putting our gentle reminders on the documents that are so often needlessly printed, we might start a small movement of change.
We’re not bossy
We’re not bossy people, and we hope our message isn’t bossy; we’re asking people to think before printing, we’re not telling them they have to.
While the complete elimination of paper might not be very realistic, or even economical for certain individuals, at the moment, we’ll like to restate here that it is worth trying to reduce our reliance on paper and printing.