"Paperless", "Go Green", "Green Office" and "Zero Landfill" are some of the buzzwords of the current era. While more and more businesses are going paperless everyday, some are being left behind. Others lose momentum when they run out of waste reduction ideas. Here are 5 simple ways your office can "Go Green" and stay "Green" by reducing your paper usage.
1. Breaking Bad Habits
STOP. THINK. PRINT. Back to basics, the most simple and effective way to reduce your office’s paper consumption is to quit printing (or at least reduce your bad printing habits). Start by asking yourself simple questions; Do I have to print this? Can this be emailed? Inevitably there will always be something you need to print, think of ways you can reduce your paper consumption:
- Double-sided printing as an option
- Toner-saving mode
- Condensing documents
2. To the Clouds
Save yourself the cabinet space and put it in the cloud. Dropbox, Evernote and iCloud are all proficient off-premise cloud storage applications that will make your fling life simpler, safer and more secure. Choosing cloud storage also gives you and your colleagues easy access to your files whenever and wherever you want.
There is also the option to go digital with contracts and billing using software like EchoSign and Docusign. Not only will online contracts and invoicing save paper, but it eliminates the risk of lost documents and makes modifying contracts simple.