Every year, more people and organizations are taking the initiative to “go green”. Paper-use and over-packaging are continuing to increase which is causing a major impact on the environment. If going green doesn’t become a priority for a majority of people and organizations, we wont be able to maintain and preserve the environment for future generations.
- The global paper industry is forecast to maintain a 6% growth rate per year for the five-year period ending in 2017
- Worldwide consumption of paper and paper products is supposed to surpass the volume size of 445 million tons by 2015
- The pulp and paper industry is the single largest consumer of water used in industrial activities and the third greatest industrial greenhouse gas emitter, after the chemical and steel industries
- Over 40% of the industrial wood harvest is used for paper
It seems as if paper is awful for our planet but that’s not entirely true! Choosing products from paper conversion can help leave a positive mark on our planet. Paper converting is a process in which paper is used to fabricate another paper product. Several companies today, including Biel’s, offer paper/document converting. There are several operations that may be performed throughout paper converting, and there are also highly specialized machines that are used to convert the paper.
You as a company have the opportunity to make a difference by making better paper choices. Below are a few things your company can do:
Use less paper.
Using less paper not only saves your organization money, but it also avoids the impact of paper throughout the lifecycle. A good alternative for this would be cloud computing, and to store your information in an electronic document management system (EDMS) to make your office paperless in general. Converting your paper documents into digital documents will also save the stacks of paper adding up in your office.
Make sure you’re recycling yourself and always encourage your employees to do the same.
Maximize recycled content.
Recycled paper extends the overall fiber supply, but this recycled paper can only be recycled 5 to 7 times before it becomes completely worn out. Making this switch to recycled paper also reduces demand for wood along with the pressure on forests and it tends to take up less space in landfills.
Understanding the advantages and importance of paper conversion will help you become more confident in making decisions about paper for business needs!