At Collabow, we think green and want to help save the environment while saving you money by using less paper. Collabow is a smart digital workspace that enables cloud file storage, transfers, information sharing and collaboration. Our main goal is to make sharing information fast, efficient and environmentally friendly.
Paper waste is a big issue in business, and if you can reduce paper waste in the workplace, you can positively impact the environment. Paper makes up the most significant part of offices’ un-recycled waste. According to research conducted by Kyocera, the average office worker in the UK uses up to 45 pieces of paper daily, and a staggering two-thirds of that is considered waste.
In the UK, we use over 9.9 million tonnes of paper each year, and it takes 24 trees to make just one tonne of paper. We need to make some changes and learn how to reduce paper usage, or better yet – know how to go paperless. Moreover, sustainability is important to employees, and 61% of people believe sustainability is mandatory for businesses to consider. Employees are interested in taking new steps to consider reducing the use of packaging, plastic and paper in business.
As a digital solution, Collabow is highly supportive of ways to save paper and initiatives that aim to create awareness and promote responsible disposal. So, we thought we’d share a few innovative ways to reduce paper waste in the workplace, which you can adopt in yours.
1. Use cloud storage for your files
Collabow is a green cloud file-sharing company that has saving the environment at the heart of its mission statement. Through Collabows features, you can store multiple formats, edit online using familiar formatting functions, and share documents or folders with your team or a single person. Plus, free storage space is also great as you can store multiple images and other content.
To see first-hand how Collabow enables companies to go paperless by digitising file sharing, start a free 7-day trial.
2. Think before you print
If you are wondering how to reduce paper waste in the office, printing less is an obvious choice. Using a printer to print out meeting agendas or presentations has become a habit for some of us. How often are those handouts referred to again if we think about it? You’ll find that most are left in the room or thrown away. In your next meeting, try adding the agenda to your Outlook invitation or emailing attendees your presentation in advance. Having a soft copy allows them to add notes or comments and gives them something they can refer to later. All documents can be stored and shared in the cloud. Being a software company, Collabow embraces technology to help us become paperless, and we take advantage of all paperless options.
3. Take paperless notes
If you’re a note-taker, some great online alternatives are available that enable you to work without pen and paper, and it’s a simple way to reduce paper wastage. We like the simplicity of the functions of Evernote, the ability to use it across multiple devices, and how widely used it is. Apple users can also take minutes using Apple Notes