World Paper Free Day

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October 4, 2010. The international independent professional association AIIM held an action “World Paper Free Day” for the first time. Since then, the event has been celebrated annually everywhere, including Russia, where the main organizer of this international action has become the info-analytical project DOCFLOW.

 World Paper Free Day is an action aimed at attracting attention of the humanity to the modern paperless technologies which help us save forest resources. It calls for learning more and using the knowledge in the area of information and documents management to reduce the irrational use of paper.

For the last 40 years the consummation of paper has grown up to 400%, while the paper production consumes 35% of cut trees. Over a billion trees are used for the production of paper and cardboard every year. We lose 7,3 million hectares of forests annually, which means that ever minute the areas of forest equal to 20 football fields disappear.

The facts you need to know:

  • A typical office worker produces 160 kilograms of paper waste, 45% of all the papers is thrown away in the course of the day after the printing.
  • 768 million trees are being cut for providing offices and factories in Russia with paper
  • By saving a tone of paper, you can save 17 trees, 26000 liters of water, 4000 kilowatt of power supply and 240 liters of fuel.

Everyone can take part in the process of saving of natural resources following these simple rules and asking others to do so:

  • Print all the information you need on both sides.
  • Don’t use the files with a big line interval, that’s the way to significantly reduce the volume of the document.
  • Read the document on the screen, don’t print it. If the lightning affronts the eye, set a more comfortable screen brightness.
  • Send by email: documents to clients, done works to teachers, necessary information to friends and acquaintances.
  • Use e-notes and reminders in the calendar of your mobile phone instead of usual paper notebooks. Besides the paper economy, there is another significant benefit – your device will remind you of an important event!
  • Most printed media have digital versions, as well as the books which you can find on the Web. Moreover, you can exchange the books with your friends or colleagues, or use a library.
  • Use one-side printed paper for children drawings (at least at home), instead of buying new albums.
  • If it’s possible, use recycled paper, for example, for printing documents in the office.
  • Recycle old books, magazines, newspapers and course books you don’t need.
  • If you are a teacher, post tasks for students on a website and check homework by email.
  • Choose products which contain as less packaging as possible, including both paper and other materials.
  • If it’s possible, use electronic tickets for plane.
  • Pay utility fees and mobile phone bills online – you won’t have to save paper checks. You can save all the checks on your computer and print them only if it’s necessary.