Paperless is a concept that involves the elimination of all paper use in the home, office, or school environment. While paper use has decreased, it is still prevalent, and there are not many companies that are completely paperless.
Why go paperless?
It may seem obvious, but the average tree produces less than 100,000 sheets of paper, which is not much. Trees produce oxygen, and although they are a vast resource, it is still a resource that can be depleted.
Saves ink and toner
Storing paper documents, books, magazines, and manuals take space. However, an electronic version takes no space.
Your printer uses energy, and if a printer is on all day, that energy use adds up.
Not printing saves energy, paper, ink, and toner. You also save money in shipping since electronic documents cost nothing to send over the Internet. Also, in the case of books and magazines the electronic version is always cheaper than the paper version.
When printing a document with multiple pages, it takes time to print each of the pages. Also, sending and receiving documents, e-books, or other electronic documents can be done in minutes instead of days.
Tips on going paperless
Think before you print
Before printing anything, decide if what you are printing can be used in its electronic format.
Print to PDF
Anything can be printed to a PDF (Portable Document Format) file. Printing is not always the only option to get a copy of something. Once printed, you can attach that PDF to an e-mail and save it to your computer.
Use your smartphone
If you have a smartphone, use it for your grocery lists, to-do lists, or nearly any list. It saves paper, lets you share lists with others, always available to you, and is less likely to be lost.
Save on the cloud
Documents and files can be stored in cloud tools, like Evernote, Google Docs, and Dropbox. Storing them in the cloud enables multiple people to have access and update the file from any device (e.g., computer, phone, or tablet) with Internet access.
Some companies may need to print documents because they need physical signatures. However, today many companies now accept digital signatures and no longer require any of the documents to be printed.
Get an e-reader or tablet
Make it difficult to print
Many people print because it is convenient. Make it difficult by keeping your printer off; that also saves money in energy bills and may even save printer ink.
If there is no way getting around printing, print two-sided instead of one-sided.