Max Kessels Max Kessels
Marketing Intern
8 February 2019

The world is becoming increasingly more digital. Books during long train journeys have made way for E-readers and your bank statement is no longer available via mail but via the app. Business life is also busy with this digital change and companies are increasingly trying to work with less paper or even paperless. We will give you a few (of many) advantages of paperless work:



Paper is made from wood pulp, which is a mixture of wood chips and water. In order to obtain these wood chips, the wood supply of the earth (also known as trees), has to be thinned out.

Apart from the fact that paper production results in the processing of trees, paper in the business segment is mainly used for printing purposes, during this printing process CO2 is released. However, many people do not know how much CO2 is released: the printing of 500 sheets of paper results in a CO2 emission of about 7.25 kg. To put that in perspective: 7.25kg of CO2 equals a computer being in idle mode for 27 days or driving 42 kilometres with a car.

This means that the paper production cuts both ways: on the one hand, the paper production results in the disappearance of trees, so that less CO2 can be converted into oxygen and on the other hand, the produced paper is applied in a way that causes a lot of CO2 to be emitted.

Corporate Social Responsibility is however not the only motivation to work paperless. In addition to the ecological benefits mentioned above, it is certainly just as interesting to ban paper from your organization looking from an economic perspective.


The main goal of most organizations remains profit optimization. Where costs can be saved, the profit can be optimized. Working paperless fits right up the alley of those who want to save costs, because there certainly are savings to be realized if the paper from organizations is eliminated:


  • Paper costs
  • Purchase printer
  • Maintenance costs printer
  • Ink costs
  • Storage costs paper
  • Printer depreciation costs
  • Destruction costs
  • Costs of printing space (can be used in a more valuable way.)


All these costs contribute to the average cost price of € 0.10 per printed sheet. This does not seem much until you take into account the fact that the same sheet costs € 0.05 in a digital form. In other words, a saving of 50%.


A few years ago before working paperless was seen as a good alternative and office workers were entirely dependent on paper, the average office employee consumed 10,000 sheets of paper per year, so the switch to paperless can be very lucrative.


And then we have not even mentioned the efficiency benefits that come with working paperless. The time saved generated by working digital alone is already reason enough to take a critical look at your information management.


Also convinced to work paperless? Then contact us.

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