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How Digital Transformation Can Solve the "Paper Problem"
Apr 22, 2019
Lauren Cahn

Paper was once a rare and precious commodity. Today, it’s ubiquitous. In the U.S. alone, offices use about 12.1 trillion sheets of paper a year. While paper isn’t the only cause of deforestation—the permanent loss of the planet’s trees—it’s certainly among the most significant.

Here’s why trees matter

Trees support and benefit life as we know it. Just for starters, trees make our air breathable by pulling carbon dioxide from the air. Fewer trees mean more carbon dioxide in the air. Adding insult to injury, when a tree dies it releases its stored carbon dioxide back into the air. Tree roots also hold the soil together, which, among other things, contributes to our clean water supply. Clean air, clean water, and solid land supports wildlife, which support the ecosystem, and that’s pretty much the thing that makes Earth habitable.

Here’s how digital transformation can help

Everyone benefits from a sustainable planet, but let’s face it, it’s hard to focus on that when you “really need to print that one thing.” Of course, every “one thing” adds up. On the other hand, you know what else adds up? Digital transformation. Here’s a quick primer on the fundamentals of digital transformation, which, at its heart and soul, began with the realization that paper, and even the information we store on it, has limited utility.

By contrast, digital information is agile and growing more so every day. Plus, it requires virtually no physical space for storage or disposal, and it’s reusable in a way paper can never be. As more businesses jump on those benefits, other businesses are compelled to do so just to keep up. Thus, in a race to stay competitive, businesses taking digital transformation initiatives support our planet. Here at Exela, as global leaders in digital transformation and business automation, we’re very proud to be driving those initiatives for our more than 4,000 customers.