Going Paperless: Paper Waste Info Chart

Part of Going Paperless Series which provides tips, tools, processes and resources to make the journey to a paperless office or home easier.

Even with all of our electronics, digital devices and such, paper waste is still tremendous…

A single one-terabyte external drive can save as many as 500 million sheets of paper. A 150-page employee manual — pretty massive in real life — takes up less than 7.5% of a four-gigabyte flash drive. An entire filing cabinet’s worth of documents would take up less than 60% of that same drive.

In a recent blog post  by Jeremy Higgens he notes:

Even with all the digital options available today, people are still hooked on paper. It may alarm you to learn that in just one year, the average office worker may use up to 10,000 sheets of paper.

He should know.   He works for  firm MetroFax,   an Internet faxing service,  and has written a number of articles with lots of statistics on this topic… In  Three Ways To Go Paperless, he explains the three key items to commit to a paperless strategy moving forward. They are

  • Digitize Existing Documents
  • Communicate Electronically
  • Provide Mobile Devices

Check out the full infographic below for the fuller picture, then give us your best paper-saving tips in the comments.


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