While the advent of information technology suggested a reduction in paper consumption, unfortunately the opposite happened. Did you know that printing costs are between 1% and 3% of a company’s expenditures and that, on average, an employee prints 700 to 1,000 pages per month?
This overconsumption of paper should encourage us to change our behaviour at the office and adopt more responsible practices. Source reduction not only has an economic impact, but also an environmental impact.
Printing less reduces the cost of buying paper, but also reduces the costs associated with using printers: replacement and maintenance of their components, energy consumption and ink cartridges.
Not surprisingly, paper production is costly for the environment: tree consumption, water consumption, greenhouse gas production and releases of toxic substances into ecosystems. The pulp and paper industry still accounts for almost 20% of the energy consumption of the industrial sector!
Although the ideal would be to achieve “zero paper,” each of us can act on a daily basis to conserve the environment by adopting some simple and inexpensive actions.
Yes, recycling helps to mitigate the consequences of paper consumption, but we must keep in mind that we must produce less, but better!
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