Rio 2016 Promotes Environmental Responsibility with FSC Paper

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Just over 10 years ago Brazil had the highest deforestation rate in the world – since then, governments and charities have focused on improving responsible forestry and the impact of timber and paper businesses on the environment. Rio 2016 is a fantastic opportunity put those priorities on centre-stage, which is exactly what organisers have done.

The Rio 2016 Committee has partnered with the FSC to increase environmental awareness around the games and ensure that all products acquired for them – from structural timber to stationery – are FSC certified.

214 organisations have become FSC certificate holders since the Olympics agreement was made, including paper and graphics partners. Some FSC suppliers were even chosen as Olympic torch-bearers to acknowledge the work they do in taking care of Brazilian forests.

The paper used by the Olympics events include 7.5 million tickets, 37,347 awarding diplomas, 5,130 Authenticity Olympic and Paralympic medal certificates, 93,754 participation certificates, 237,877 celebration certificates, and the Rio 2016 sticker album.

Kim Carstensen, FSC Managing Director, said “We are very proud to be associated with the Olympics because it is a global event with a very important audience that has allowed us to increase sustainable awareness around the games themselves, as well as motivate people to use responsibly sourced forest products.”

Sustainability and the environment have always been priorities for Mode Print Solutions, which is why we place an emphasis on intelligent printing and recycling. As part of our commitment to the environment we offer a toner recycling programme and a range of tools that will help your business reduce paper use and streamline document processes. If you’re inspired by the Olympic games and the FSC to improve your relationship with the environment, please get in touch to find out how we can help you achieve that with your print processes.

83% of Europeans Say a Paperless Office is Unrealistic

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For years, the businesses have been trying to cut down on paper and move to total digitisation – the paperless office has been an aim across a range of industries.

However, a survey by Canon Europe showed that 57% of office workers print more documents today than they did 3 years ago, and 78% of decision-makers say that document printing is either essential or very important to their business.

The vast majority of office workers say that printers are vital to their work – the humble office printer shows no signs of disappearing.

Increased bureaucracy and the need for contracts throughout the lifetime of agreements may be to blame for the increase in printing, but paperwork is more important than ever before to build and maintain relationships with both clients and suppliers.

Epson Europe’s research showed that 88% of office workers printed an average of 21 items per day – reports are the most popular items to print, followed by email attachments and emails themselves.

Global Futurist, Jack Uldrich, has a theory on why the paperless office was never realised, “every technology is unique and has tangible benefits, and paper is no different. Arguably, paper is the greatest instrument ever invented for conveying, sharing, and disseminating information.”

“In fact, scientific studies have demonstrated that people understand and retain information presented on paper at a far higher level than information presented electrically.”

Cost and improvements in efficiency may also be behind the growth of print. Rob Clark, Senior Vice President of Epson Europe, states that “organisations can achieve up to twice as many prints while producing 95% less waste and with much lower energy consumption” when comparing modern inkjet printers to laser printing.

Whatever the reason behind the growth of print, the 1978 dream of a paperless office is disappearing and being replaced by an intelligent office that uses both paper and digital processes to improve productivity and efficiency.

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