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Save Tree : Go 100 % Paperless At Workplace

on April 22, 2015

Last weekend I went to Pench National Park and was mesmerised by its beauty. The lush green cover till the horizon, a crystal clear river flowing in mid of the jungle, chirping colorful birds and butterflies and animals moving freely. That was a rare sight. The only thing I could wish, was to stay there forever and never return to monotonous concrete jungle.

A Tiger Roaming In Pench National Park

A Tiger Roaming In Pench National Park

Today’s Google Doodle is on Earth Day. Out of curiosity, I thought of reading more about Earth Day and then I found this video “Earth is Calling” by Studio NH 47 which is supported by Green Yatra, dedicated to conservation and protection of nature.

This video gave me a chill. I was delighted that I had a chance to enjoy the nature so closely last weekend. But then a thought crossed my mind. Will such a nature visit become so exclusive and rare in coming years? Will my next generation ever have a chance to experience this? The answer to all my questions were a clear NO, provided continue like this.

I am a corporate lawyer by profession. Most of my time goes in drafting agreements and documents. With a little work experience of 4 years I can say, an agreement will undergo numerous changes. Every time a change is made, a print out is taken to seek company approval. On a single day I take about an average of 15-20 sheets of print out. So by this rate I pile up around 140 sheets per week , 600 sheets per month and more than 7000 sheets per year on my desk.

Now look at some of this mind-blowing facts:

  • 1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees
  • Approximately 324 L. of water is used to produce 1 KG of paper.
  • Average worldwide annual paper consumption is 48 KG per person
  • It is estimated that 95% of business information is still stored on paper.
  • The average daily web user prints 28 pages daily.
  • Recycling 54 KG of newspaper will save one tree.
  • Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing virgin timber paper.
  • Every tree provides oxygen enough for 3 people to breathe.
  • Recycling half the world’s paper would free 20 million acres of forestland.

Therefor every year 10- 12 trees are cut down because of me, i.e. One Person Only. Our world population is more than 7 billion.  You can imagine by this rate we will soon have a day where there will be no trees at all. No need to mention the side effects we will have without trees.

I thought of sharing a small idea which I practice myself and may bring in significant change if followed by others as well. The target is – “100 % Paperless At Workplace” . To achieve this – I don’t take a print out every time. I make use of the technology we have – use upgraded Microsoft office , Adobe Writer version etc. which allows lots of flexibility, communicate via mail, telephone or in person. On occasions where print is mandatory, I print on both sides of paper or reuse one-sided printed papers for printing again. I bundle the printing paper in a file and use it for small notes, scribbling or brainstorming. Going beyond, I am thinking to suggest my company to recycle all such paper collected from employees instead of shredding them and creating a waste from it. Recycled paper can be put to various use in our day to day work life like making envelops, clean some places, to cover something etc. If we all try to achieve the target of 100 % paperless at workplace, we are bound to save a lot number of trees.

This was my small contribution to the green cause to make this world a cleaner, greener place.I look forward for your support.

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5 responses to “Save Tree : Go 100 % Paperless At Workplace

  1. Shilpi Dutta says:

    Yeah gping paperless is a grt idea. However, people like me (in the printing industry) really cannot rule it out. Though we try to recycle paper and waste as less as possible, the wastage still remains. I compensate that guilt by opting for E-bills of phone, bank statements etc instead of papers. During ATM transactions too, i opt out of paper receipts. We can do our bit in small ways.

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    • Kriti says:

      Hi Sushmita ,

      First of all thanks for going through my blog post.

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