January 10, 2011

Strategies: Serious Steps to Save Paper

Remember the predictions just a few years ago that technology would turn us into a paperless society? It doesn’t look like that will happen anytime soon. The American Forest and Paper Association reports that the average American uses approximately one 100-foot-tall Douglas fir tree in paper and wood products per year.

In the office, the average American worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, according to the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. That’s 4 million tons of copy paper used annually. In fact, the typical business will generate approximately two pounds of wastepaper per employee per day.

While some might argue that this is good news for a paper-making state like Wisconsin, the reality is that paper waste has a tremendous impact on office costs, productivity and our environment.
"Paper and paper usage is really a hiding place for huge amounts of time, effort, inefficiency and costs,†says Greg Lake, president and CEO of The Lake Companies, a Green Bay-based company that helps manufacturers leverage technology in innovative ways to become more efficient and effective. "The right technology can produce dramatic reductions in paper use as well as saving time and hard dollars that are hiding behind that paper.â€

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