"We are losing Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rain-forests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years."
First, let's consider a real life example of fax paper usage in a typical office with 100 employees. Let's assume that this office purchases approximately 1 million sheets of paper or about 5 tons*. This may seem excessive, but if you look at your own purchases you will find that 10,000 sheets of paper per person is a reasonable number and could even be conservative for some offices. Traditional faxing accounts for 5% of all paper used in offices, which means our example business is faxing out around 50,000 sheets of paper per year. Or 500 sheets per person. (Over 40 fax pages per month).
On a micro-scale, this may seem insignificant. But when you consider U.S. businesses now use about 21 million tons of paper every year it means faxing alone accounts for 210 billion sheets per year - a staggering figure by any standards - and one with devastating consequences for our rainforests.
Furthermore, 95% of the paper used for faxing will eventually have to be disposed of. Although moves have been made in recent years to increase public awareness of recycling, the results are not enough to have a meaningful impact on deforestation. Most of this paper will end up as landfill, adding further to the pressures on the environment.
Traditional fax machines are also the most energy intensive form of communication available. A report by the Association of Cities and Recycling found faxing to be the most wasteful form of transmitting messages. **
We believe that the movement to paperless business solutions will have a significant impact on the environment. As part of the evolution of modern society towards a more conscientious and responsible attitude towards the earth's resources, switching to a paperless business system is a simple yet important step.