Is the Paperless Office an Urban Myth?

Are you really being able to do your bit for the environment? Cosmo tells you how you can make a difference.

Talking about ditching paper in an effort to look out for the environment, and potentially save lots of money in the long run, has been going on for years, both in the public sector as well as private. However, despite all ultra-cool tech available, we’re still cutting down trees and using paper all day, every day—think employee records, reports, presentations, dusty archives, and more. But thanks to a variety of easy-to-navigate, work-centric apps (thanks, Microsoft and Google), paper and ink can easily be replaced with this eco-conservative alternative.

It’s time to go paperless as much as possible. Opt for iCloud or Google Drive storage over filling cabinets, view reports on e-readers, communicate  electronically via  e-mail, FaceTime or Skype, and share  documents through online tools, among other measures. You’ll be more streamlined, collaborative, and efficient, and will save trees. Sounds mundane, but every little bit counts. 



This is what some of you had to say “I’m a lawyer at the Supreme Court. Sadly, it’s impossible for law firms to go paperless, unless all courts in the country go electronic. But we do use it sparingly, only for the final filings in court.”
—Aditi L.


“I work for a famous tech company. We’re not paperless. No restriction on the usage, either. We easily use about 130 reams a day, each consisting of 500 pages. Also, there’s a lot of wastage.”

—Soham K


“I work for Viu, an entertainment app. We don’t use any paper at all! Everything from ideation and scripts to invoices, contracts etc is worked on digitally...a policy we follow strictly and are quite proud of.”

—Faizan M.


I work at Pitney Bowes, a global technology company. Not  paperless yet, but there’s a limit to how much paper we can use. One notepad per person a month, and no print-outs beyond the daily individual quota.”
—Ria S.