My company uses an insane amount of paper. It seems like the first thing anyone does when they receive a document, e-mail, bill of material, proposal, anything… the first thing that person does is print it.

Sometimes, our process is as fault. We require that all drawings and bills of materials be printed for engineering submission. Other times, it’s simply convenient for the user: finding engineering errors at a desk with a red pen sometimes feels a heck of a lot easier than panning around a document hunting for mismatched tolerances.

With my recent move from engineering to marketing, I’ve already seen a substantial reduction in my own printing necessities. Still, I remain high on the printing list, especially as I try and get documents approved by management. For awhile now, I’ve been considering going paperless – and I think I’m going to start now.

There will still be instances where I must print. Especially in those circumstances where it’s more of a burden for my co-workers, but we’ll get there eventually. For now, I’m going to try and stop using it for my own convenience.

To help me in my endeavor, I just downloaded a great program for mac called SketchBox. It’s kinda like a post-it note program, but it allows you to draw as well as type: Awesome for anyone with a tablet. Whenever at my desk, I’ve always kept extra paper near-by to doodle and sketch ideas. Now I can do that on the screen. I’ve removed one additional paper source.

If you’ve got any recommendations to help me towards my goal, leave it in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Paperless

  • 3/11/2011 at 1:52 pm

    1. double sided printing
    2. reuse printed paper as scrap paper
    2a. cutting up paper to make small note-sized pieces
    3. ensuring everyone recycles
    4. dry erase/chalk boards instead of posters

  • 3/11/2011 at 5:34 pm

    Figure out a way to print to your kindle?

  • 3/15/2011 at 9:17 pm

    Lots of good suggestions! That’s great! I wish we didn’t use so much paper too… I also have doubts about if they recycle the shredded confidential documents we produce, which is about 90% of our paper…

  • 3/18/2011 at 11:17 am

    What shred company do you guys use? Look them up online; I think they all recycle at this point.


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