Why do we still use paper in 2021?

By Key Digital

19 Jan 2021

papershreads.png

The vast majority of offices in the UK prioritise putting their poor printers to work for employees to produce pointless pieces of paper, just so they can pace around the building to place their sheet on Paul in purchasing’s desk…When they could be simply dragging and dropping their documents to wherever and whomever they want in seconds. Why aren’t we choosing the latter?

Well, it’s actually very simple, paper is reliable. It can’t be hacked. It can’t corrupt. It’s what most people grew up using and they trust it. We can’t take that away from you, but we can shine a light on just how much you’re missing out on by not selecting a digital workplace.

Did you know that the average office worker prints up to 10,000 sheets of paper in the workplace each year? That’s one whole 45ft tall tree worth of paper! And, taking into account domestic paper use, statistics suggest that most people in the UK are using up to 4.5 trees worth of paper each in a single year. Which, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, is a lot of paper.

Most of the paper we use ends up in the waste stream, around 75% to be precise. A lot of this waste comes from printing off unnecessary documents like emails or terms and conditions which, let’s be honest, hardly anyone actually reads. So why not consider switching to a digital workplace? Because paper is cheap, lasts a long time and is a physical object. Well…

Cost

Paper may be cheap by itself, but did you ever consider the costs of running everything that gives you that printed page? The cost of printers, ink, toner, servicing, maintenance and storage make paper significantly more expensive.

Longevity

Yes, paper can go decades and more without falling apart and can remain legible, but how many century-old sheets of paper do you have in your workplace? Not many, I’m guessing. But the physical documents you do store, what happens if your workplace is broken into? What if an “Act of God” were to occur? Your locked filing cabinet can be destroyed, but the cloud can’t be.

Physicality

You may have grown up with paper everywhere, and it may be the only form of stored information you trust, and that is fine. However, more people nowadays are growing up with technology all around them and more business functions are embracing digital, so why not switch to a future-proof paperless workplace? The world is going digital, embrace it.

Could you go paperless? Click here to find out.

Latest news

1

Darwen gets go-ahead for 'transformational' manufacturing site Darwen Manufacturing Research Site Chapel South Visual

Darwen gets go-ahead for 'transformational' manufacturing site

24 May 2024

2

Uncertainty over devo deal progress after election call Lancashire Devolution

Uncertainty over devo deal progress after election call

24 May 2024

3

Lancaster seeks approval for 135-home community development Skerton High Proposal

Lancaster seeks approval for 135-home community development

24 May 2024

4

North West charities benefit from donations by law firm Napthens NWAA-LI-May-2024.jpg.jpg

North West charities benefit from donations by law firm Napthens

24 May 2024

5

How much money do you need to have a financial adviser? article placeholder listing image

How much money do you need to have a financial adviser?

24 May 2024

Lbv116 Ltb Strip980
Background image for hub sign up block

LBV Hub

Reach 50,000 members of the Lancashire business community

Post your news
Post your events
Post your offers
Company profile
Social reach
Magazine coverage
Sign-up
Events
Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista
EVENT LISTING SIZING Vista.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
28 May 2024

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista

Hampton by Hilton, 2 Frontier Ave, Blackburn, BB1 3AL

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Chorley - BNI Endeavour
EVENT LISTING SIZING Endeavour.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
28 May 2024

Business Networking in Chorley - BNI Endeavour

Oak Royal, Bury Lane, Chorley, PR6 8SW

06:30 - 08:30

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond
EVENT LISTING BNI Diamond.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond

The Marriot Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, PR3 5JB

07:15 - 09:00

Business Networking in Lancaster - Eden Business Network
Eden Business Network.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
29 May 2024 - 29 May 2024

Business Networking in Lancaster - Eden Business Network

The Borough, 3 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PP

18:30 - 20:30

Business Networking in Accrington - BNI Zeus
EVENT LISTING SIZING Zeus.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
29 May 2024

Business Networking in Accrington - BNI Zeus

The Mill House, Corn Mill Yard, Accrington, BB5 5HX

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Lancaster - BNI Castle
EVENT LISTING BNI Castle.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
30 May 2024 - 30 May 2024

Business Networking in Lancaster - BNI Castle

Vale of Lune RUFC, Powder House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 2TT

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Burnley - BNI Kudos
EVENT LISTING BNI Kudos.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
30 May 2024 - 30 May 2024

Business Networking in Burnley - BNI Kudos

Prairie Sports Village, Windemere Avenue, Burnley, BB10 2FU

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Brunch
EVENT LISTING SIZING Brunch .png.png
LBV Hub Networking
31 May 2024

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Brunch

Samlesbury Hotel, Preston, PR5 0UL

09:30 - 11:00

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Infinity
EVENT LISTING BNI Infinity.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
31 May 2024

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Infinity

Hampton by Hilton, 2 Frontier Ave, Blackburn, BB1 3AL

06:30 - 08:30

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista
EVENT LISTING SIZING Vista.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
04 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista

Hampton by Hilton, 2 Frontier Ave, Blackburn, BB1 3AL

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Chorley - BNI Endeavour
EVENT LISTING SIZING Endeavour.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
04 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Chorley - BNI Endeavour

Oak Royal, Bury Lane, Chorley, PR6 8SW

06:30 - 08:30

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond
EVENT LISTING BNI Diamond.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
05 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond

The Marriot Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, PR3 5JB

07:15 - 09:00

Advertise with us

Reaching 50,000 members, our print, digital and event platforms offer a fantastic way to raise your business profile and help you grow.

Find out more LBV116 Online Graphic
Subscribe now

Weekly news bulletin