The software reformats documents to print more efficiently, lays out text in newspaper-style columns to save space on a page, removes display ads from printed webpages, reformats Excel charts, and, if possible, converts color charts and graphs to readable black and white. Before a document prints, a print preview appears for the user.
One of the greatest features of the new software is that it enables managers to enforce rules such as double-sided printing. Here at BLR, we have found that education only goes so far in getting employees to “mindfully” print. It’s when printing options default to double-sided or duplex printing that we see real savings.
Regardless of the softwatre a company uses, Instituting an office paper reduction campaign and policy is essential to any corporate sustainability program. It’s a easy way to realize savings, and no special skills are required of employees.
According to the American Forest and Paper Association, Americans discard 4 million tons of paper every year. 96 million trees and 310.59 billion gallons of water are used to produce that amount of paper. It’s obvious that cutting down on paper use results in real savings both economically and environmentally.