When I was a kid, around nine or ten years old, I loved climbing to the very top of any high tree I could find. Thankfully, my mother never witnessed me clinging joyfully to the crown of an 80-foot cottonwood, swaying broadly on branches no thicker than my arms. Yikes. I was lucky.
It’s those awesome memories that made me even more troubled when doing research for this blog and infographic. How many majestic trees like I perched in are cut down to support our bad paper habits? And what can we do?
Check out the Infographic “DOCU-MENTAL: It’s crazy how much paper businesses still use.”
Some more stats that would keep that tree-climbing boy worried.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, we use around 400 million tons of paper products a year globally; predicted to top 500 million by 2020. We’re especially bad in the office. Look at this info from forestethics.org:
- The average document is copied 9 to 11 times.
- 45% of the paper printed in offices ends up trashed by the end of the day. That’s about a trillion sheets of paper annually!
All that paper represents about a tree per employee per year. And with 57 million office workers in the US alone (KFF Research), you can appreciate the local and global impact.
No need to go out on a limb to help make a difference.
I was that kid a long, long time ago, way before the advent of the internet and smart phones and tablets. “The cloud” was something in the sky and businesses had no alternative than paper for documenting activities and contracts. Luckily, this is no longer the case. There are more digital ways to create, distribute, and manage documents than ever before. And electronic signatures can just about completely eliminate paper and shipping hassles and costs.
Now grab your smartphone or tablet, download this whitepaper “Top 10 Uses for Electronic Signatures for Small Business,“ go outside, and climb a tree. It’s a quick read while you sway in the wind.