45% of office printouts end up in the trash every day! The Environmental Paper Network reports that over the past 50 years, there’s been a four-fold increase in global consumption of paper. Despite the fact, that we live in the era of digitizationand have all the tools we need to make paperless offices a real thing, our love affair with paper has continued and there is no sign that this madness will end soon.
But it should end now, because that's what the people want:
89% of Gen Zers said they are concerned about the planet’s health, and of this, 94% were of the view that businesses should help address urgent issues. And they are right! Climate change isn't only caused by diesel engines and coal-fired power plants. It's a challenge we all have to face together, both the industry and the people.
In 2020, the year COVID-19 forced us to install digital workplaces across the globe, which are here to stay! In fact, BCG’s recent Workplace of the Future employer survey found that companies expect about 40% of their employees to follow a remote-working model in the future.
That being said, it is an ideal time to rethink how many unnecessary copies of documents, customer orders, approval forms, and emails are printed each day..
(Source 1: https://www.myhubintranet.com/paper-saving-tips-12-ways/)
(Source 2: https://environmentalpaper.org/)
(Source 3: https://www.bcg.com/publications/2020/remote-work-works-so-where-do-we-go-from-here)
Let's bring this to an end and vote for paperless offices now! This should include:
- A shift from post its to digital notepads
- Same legal status for electronic document storage
- Compulsory paperless billing
-A ban on business and commercial letters
- A limit on print runs during a transition era, followed by a total ban of printers for offices worldwide
Vote for our environment, vote for the trees, and vote for paperless offices now!
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The Paperless Offices petition to Governments was written by Erika Taylor and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.