As our business explores the concept and principles of One Planet Living, it is important to understand the science behind the strategy – ecological footprint. Ecological footprint is the only metric that measures the demand we put on nature, and what nature can give us in return. In other words, it measures how fast we consume resources and generate waste in comparison to how fast nature can absorb our waste and generate new resources for us to use.
The human population’s appetite for relentlessly eating away at the Earth’s natural riches and resources is growing out of control.
A report produced by the International Resource Panel, a component of the United Nations Environment Programme, indicated that rising consumption has resulted in resource extraction increasing from 22 billion tons in 1970 to 70 billion tons in 2010. This means that the amount of the planet’s natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in the last 40 years. The report warns that further increases in the use of natural resources will result in critical shortages of materials and an increase in the risk of human conflict.
How a school can reduce the impact paper, printing and wastage has on the environment.
The children of today will be the architects and thought leaders of tomorrow, therefore it is imperative for us, as their mentors and teachers, to set the example of being more environmentally conscious and responsible. We need to practice what we preach by implementing an environmentally conscious and friendly zone. Schools allow children to share life experiences and lessons while learning the values they will carry with them for a lifetime.
Topics: reduce printing, Remanufactured Toner Cartridges, The Environmental Costs of Office Printing, Managed Print Environments, Innovation, Efficient, GreenABLE, Green Office, office printing environment
Our everyday printing activities, whether personal or business related, have a significant impact on the environment, which is not usually considered as we mindlessly click the “print” command. The consumables required for printing i.e. paper and printer cartridges, and the manufacturing and disposal thereof, are responsible for irreparable damage to the natural environment.
South Africa has officially made the top 20 of the world’s worst plastic polluters– we are ranked at number 11, worse than India, and the entire United States.
Do You Know How Much Paper Is Costing Your Business?
Take a minute and look around your office and/or work environment, what do you see? Stacks of paper in the recycling bin? Printers that are faulty or out of order? An A3 printer that everyone only uses to print A4? Printers that are always low on paper and ink?
Schools are trying to find ways of cutting down printing expenditure without having to compromise educational standards, so it is only natural that material resources are the first place to look when trying to save money.
Topics: MPS, The Environmental Costs of Office Printing, office automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Service, print Environment, Office Automation and MPS, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry
Turning digital sounds easy but it comes with a lot of user adoption issues. Questions need to be asked such as the need for going digital. Is it purely to conform or is there a genuine passion for making the business more sustainable. At GO BPO we drive digital transformation because we believe in sustainability.
Every year, tons of paper is used in workplaces all over the world, in both large and small offices. Many of these offices have actively taken up recycling, but even though it is an inexpensive and environmentally conscious option, a much more cost-effective strategy is to reduce daily paper consumption.
It is estimated that over 1.3 billion printer cartridges are sold every year, and according to the International Data Corporation (IDC), more than 12 million laser and ink cartridges are imported into South Africa annually.
Even in the digital age when a paperless office was thought to become a reality for most businesses, it is estimated that 95% of all businesses still store information on paper. According to the Paperless Project, an average office worker prints 10, 000 sheets of paper annually. Office printing can be a huge financial cost to businesses as well as being an environmental cost. With pressure on businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their operations, it is important for businesses to understand the environmental cost that office printing has on their organisation.