Three technology companies joined forces today to launch Project Paper-Less which aims to reduce Australia's use of paper by 20 per cent within five years.
Australia is using 1.4 million tonnes of printing and fine paper every year.
Backed by Toshiba EID, Redmap and Iomega, the project recognizes the dream of a paper-free office isn't likely to be realized any time soon.
Project organizer and Planet Ark founder Jon Dee said the project's aim isn't just to help the environment but can show companies that saving paper saves money and increases productivity.
"A completely paper-free office may never be possible, but Australian companies can save money and the environment by lessening their usage of paper," Dee said.
"Many companies are also finding they become far more efficient and cost-effective when they store information electronically instead of printing it on paper.
"Australians realise that we have to reduce paper use, but the community needs to be educated about the electronic alternatives available to them such as electronic storage, multi-function devices and document management systems."
With the financial savings made from using less paper, the project will be encouraging companies to buy Australian-made paper which has FSC accreditation or contains recycled content. Companies will then be encouraged to fully recycle the paper that is left.
Dee is calling on companies Australia-wide to join the project and to submit case studies which show how they are saving paper and boosting productivity.
To view the best case studies and joiin the initiative companies should visit www.ProjectPaperless.com.au