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Cutting Paper Use Helps The Environment While Cutting Costs

January 11, 2011: 09:53 PM EST

One seemingly small but important way organizations can embrace sustainability and make their operations greener – and more profitable – is by decreasing the use of paper, according to Ralph Reid, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Sprint. Paper is ubiquitous in today’s offices and its use is growing – by about 20 percent every year, according to one estimate. That puts heavy pressure on natural resources, particularly  forests, water and energy. One solution, Reid says, is to use paper made from post-consumer content and to make sure paper comes from sustainably managed forests. In addition, greater use of e-billing and redesign of customer statements reduces paper consumption, helps protect the environment and saves money.

Ralph Reid, "Initiatives to Reduce Paper Use, Improve the Bottom Line", Environmental Leader, January 11, 2011, © Environmental Leader LLC
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