Worth the paper it is printed on?

9 May 2011
Among my many - now broken - new year resolutions was an effort to cut down on the number of documents I was printing out at work. As well as reducing my carbon footprint and saving SM some money, this was chiefly to reduce the abundance of paper that had a habit of blanketing my desk until the situation got so severe I scooped it all up and put it in the recycling bin. And according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of printer manufacturer Lexmark, buyers print out more pages per day than staff in any other corporate department. Purchasing professionals produce 48 pages a day, compared to an average of 32 across a company. As a comparison, admin and HR professionals print 39 pages a day, and the finance team print 38. It’s no doubt important to have many of these documents in hard copy. But purchasers admitted that a fifth of pages they printed were either unnecessary or mistakenly produced. According to the National Association of Paper Merchants, paper use at work over the last decade has fallen by just 1 per cent. There is still some way to go before we see the “paperless office” become a reality.
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