When your main reasons for using Papers include a better way to organize your library and increasing your productivity, going green might not even have been a consideration. However, Papers doesn’t just save your library from disarray, it can also save a few trees.
Papers in itself helps us reduce our footprint, and using Papers supports our idea of being an environmentally friendly company.
Let’s do a little bit of math to illustrate how Green Papers can be.
Papers keeps all your documents right at your fingertips, whether at home, at the office or on the go with Papers for iPhone and iPad. With so much access to your library (and awesome features and note-taking support), you are likely to print fewer documents. In addition to printing fewer documents, you no longer need to re-print documents because you misplaced the original or forgot to bring them to/from work.
Typically, the average user has a library with 1000 documents, each about 8 pages long. If you only print 25% of your library before using Papers, and the rest of your team does the same, then as a group you print enough in a year to consume an entire tree* worth of pages. By using Papers and printing less, you don’t just save a tree, but on a global scale Papers users are saving truckloads of trees. In fact, we can save enough trees to fill up an entire forest in just one year. Multiply this by the number of productive years in a lifetime and the numbers get really impressive!
Although saving all this paper is nice, that is not where it ends. Saving physical sheets of paper is just a small part of being more environmentally friendly by printing less. Although paper is a tangible item and gets all the attention, the real damage isn’t done in your printer but rather in the paper production and transportation process. Toner is the other part of the equation, and before you ever hit “print”, your toner cartridge had to be manufactured and transported, with all the plastics, toxic chemicals, and electricity involved in this. By decreasing our demand for printing supplies, we effectively avoid all of the chemistry and pollution involved in these processes.
None of this helps the environment, but Papers does.
Aside from saving a few trees, you can also save some money. The average cost of a toner is $75 and lasts for about 3000 pages. If you work with a team of 12 people, you are saving up to 8 toner cartridges a year when all of you use Papers. After the first toner cartridge, Papers has already paid for itself in savings. With almost 100.000 current Papers users, we have collectively saved up to 67.000 toner cartridges in one year! That’s a lot of plastic, a lot of chemistry, and a lot of pollution avoided.
Green like... Papers
As a company we are very proud that on a global scale Papers users are saving enough trees to fill Central Park. In addition to bringing our users a program that will help reduce their carbon footprint, Papers as an organization is pretty green. This is based on the way the company is structured: our team is a collaborative effort with members bringing different skills and talents to a virtual table. We are scattered all over the world, and we do not have one central office. As a consequence, each of our team members only uses the resources they would anyways by just being in their own space. None of us have to commute to our office, further reducing our professionally related carbon footprint. Talent, not geography, is the power behind Papers.
* The average tree produces about 20.000 pages.