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Going Paperless

The paperless office has long been a pipe dream but in the digital era it’s not only possible, it’s easy.

So now is the time to decrease clutter and more importantly the destruction of our forests by going paperless.

Here are some tips to get you started on the path to paperlessness:

  • Get rid of post-it-notes (or sticky’s). Use your calendar or note section of your phone or computer to record your notes and reminders.
  • Reduce unnecessary postal mail. Place a “no junk mail” sign on your letterbox.
  • Subscribe to newsletters online, rather than receiving them in the mail.
  • Notify your bank/health fund/insurance etc, that you wish to receive statements online rather than in the mail.
  • Don’t print, save to PDF instead (using the free software CutePDF) and store on your computer (don’t forget to backup).
  • Use services such as Google Docs and Dropbox to store your documents in ‘the cloud’ so you have access to them from anywhere without needing to print them.
  • Refuse the receipt at retail outlets. If it’s unnecessary then there’s no need to print one out.
  • Create E-invites and E-cards for Christmas and Birthdays instead of paper ones.
  • Forego wrapping paper and opt for reusable bags instead.
  • Instead of tissues, use washable handkerchiefs.

That’s it… it doesn’t sound that hard does it. So why don’t you give the paperless office/home a go. Even if you can’t go completely paperless, remember every little bit counts!


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