Going Paperless

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GOING PAPERLESS 2 Abstract As the economy weakens, Americans begin to find ways to save money. One of the latest trends in saving money is considered “the paperless office”. This new paperless office method is a concept that is now considered “Green”, also known as environmentally friendly. These “Green” approaches are engineered to help save money and save the environment. A paperless office does not completely eliminate paper in a work environment, but rather uses a minimal use of paper taking on a smarter approach by converting all documentation into a technological form. Reducing the use of paper in a work place improves efficiency, saves money, time and space. GOING PAPERLESS…show more content…
The destruction of forests can be extremely detrimental to plant life and animal habitats. The acceleration of global warming is one byproduct of eliminating forestry. The production of paper can also lead to adverse effects in our water supply. Large amounts of water are used in paper production, which leads to the lowering of water levels that threaten the fish population. Gases (such as those formed by Greenhouses) are emitted into the atmosphere everyday due to the huge consumption of oil and electricity. A poisonous chemical, such as chlorine, used in the bleaching process is added to help whiten paper and is released into our environment (e.g., Hoekstra et al., 2010. p.247). GOING PAPERLESS 5 The environmental benefits would be significant if companies switched to a paperless office. “Each year the switch would: Save 16.5 million trees (2.3 million tons of wood). Decrease emission of greenhouse gasses by 3.9 billion pounds, the equivalent of taking 355,000 cars off the road and reduce fuel consumption by 26 million BTUs, enough energy to provide residential power to San Francisco for a year” (e.g., Abbott, K. 2008). Saving money and the environment provides emphasis on health in general. Ultimately, ‘Healthy’ provides our species as well as the species all around us, with positive stress free futures. Learning by association is one of the most powerful tools in our lives,
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