We may be years away from a truly paperless office, so the least we can do is be smarter about how we use (or rather, abuse) the mountain of paper memos, invoices and reports.
Xerox Corp. -- one of the world's largest suppliers of papers for office printers and copiers -- says office workers throw away 45 percent of documents within 24 hours of printing them. So isn't there a more environmentally respectful way to handle this problem? Xerox has put together some suggestions. The following are five simple tips for smart paper use:
"It may be a surprise that Xerox is concerned about excessive paper use. After all, we're in the business of putting marks on pages," said Wim Appelo, president, Xerox Strategic Services, which manages Xerox's paper business as well as its company-wide environmental programs. "But the hallmark of our business has always been operating in an environmentally responsible way.”
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