I have been doing a lot of research lately for an Environmental Education class on the subject of going paperless. It is an interesting topic that has critics on both ends of the spectrum. Some of the concerns about going paperless are security and the power use required to use electronic devices. Some concerns about using paper are massive amounts of storage (in offices), waste, and materials required to make paper, including trees.
With my newfound knowledge of blogs, and what they offer, I have been reading one that is written by a lawyer called “Going Paperless: One Lawyer’s Quest to Make Work Easier.” He is working to make work easier, more eco-friendly, and more efficient. From his blog I may not have obtained any scientific data that will support my research. That said, I have gathered valuable knowledge about the realities of a company, and a real person, who is trying to help his employees and the environment in a genuine way.
My stance on the subject is that we will always require some paper, and so, simply dismissing it rather than working to improve paper-making techniques that can be greener, as well as working to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” we can use both computers and technology as well as paper to improve our world.