Although the world may never be capable of going completely paperless, minimizing our paper usage levels and embracing technology can bring immense amounts of security towards the well-being of our environment. Consider your personal daily routine. Filing papers in the office, gathering bills out of the mailbox, writing a grocery list, and all of the paper based activities surrounding your everyday processes. It may not feel like much, but the average person uses 100 yards of trees each year.

And that’s just one person.

Multiply that amount by seven billion people and it is impossible to ignore that our planet is in trouble. Technology is rapidly changing the way we live, and keeping up with it will reduce our carbon footprint and provide the many benefits of a paperless planet.

In today’s world, technology has advanced the development of software and devices to go completely paperless. Younger generations are accustomed to the realm of digitization through social networking sites, smartphones, and tablets. Although rarely correlated with “going green,” social networking is ultimately a complex allowing for an increased ability to reach a broader audience without a production of paper bulk. Plus, as smartphones get larger and tablets smaller, there develops a never-ending expectation for whatever comes next in paperless convenience.

Now consider the literal space consumed by paper in our lives. Our desks are covered, our houses cluttered, but by keeping up with the paperless coalition technology offers, we can simplify. Instead of carrying your magazines to the gym or newspapers to the local coffee shop, you can now hold thousands of reading material through a simple 10-inch tablet.

Although some may be sentimental about the physical feel of opening up a newspaper, let’s face it – print is a dying industry. Yet with decreasing numbers, more than two billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published each year. But by choosing to read by tablet, around 250 million trees would be saved annually in the United States alone.

Paperless methods can also be securely incorporated into an office setting. A pallet of copier paper contains 40 cartons with 10 reams of paper per carton. The pallet weighs one ton, and to manufacture that one ton of paper, 17 trees are used. Within the office, implementing a document management software will save our forests, plus the time and effort of sifting through countless files. Also encouraging tablet note-taking will not only eliminate a waste of paper, but also keep your thoughts and ideas in one solid organized device.

Placing billing practices into the paperless sector will also take away the burden of at-home and in office accounting management processes. Over the years, there has been a noticeable increase of companies allowing online bill payments. In fact, they’re encouraging it. Businesses are now eliminating paper, labor, and packaging costs while providing secure and easy access to their customers.

To go paperless opens a world of environmental saving; printing paper allows for much more environmental harm than the loss of trees alone. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and water are used as well as landfill space and energy. Steadily, more people have taken action in recycling their paper products, however paper cannot be recycled indefinitely. After going through the recycling process five times, the fibers will become too short to bind into new paper. Luckily, emerging technology encourages a paperless coalition and can be incorporated into our everyday lives. Soon paper processes will become a minor part of our existence, and information will continue to be effortlessly manageable straight from our fingertips and mouse clicks.

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