Is Paper Waste Killing Your Business? [infographic]

Most of us are aware of how our actions can affect the environment, but what about the effect on our business? According to estimates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average employee costs an employer $80 per year in wasted paper alone. With a high number of employees, that number can add up fast.

Some immediate and helpful questions to ask yourself include: Am I still printing the employee handbook? Am I still hanging on to that filing cabinet? Am I still filling out employee paperwork by hand? If you’ve answered yes to any of these, you can immediately begin taking the proper steps to save both money and the environment.

In 2010, the U.S. wasted 5,260,000 tons of paper, which is equivalent to 23,377 Statues of Liberty. A 150-page handbook is the equivalent of just 300 MB of space. That takes up less than 7.5 percent of a 4GB flash drive. Even an 18-inch deep, three-drawer filing cabinet that holds 120,590 pieces of paper would fill up just 59 percent of a 4GB flash drive. With numbers like these, it only makes sense to make the switch.

Check out the infographic below for more insights on whether paper waste is killing your business.

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