Does Document Shredding Really Have An Impact on the Environment?

Recycling is commonplace in today’s business world. Even at home, it is now second nature to place paper products in a separate bin to our general waste. Of course, placing sensitive business or personal documents in the recycling bin opens us up to possible breaches of privacy – something that nobody wants to be confronted by.

While we accept that destroying sensitive business information is critical to protecting your business, you may be surprised to know just how much you are also contributing to conservation, simply by having your documents shredded. It is directly built into the document shredding process. Documents are cross-shredded ensuring optimum security and then this material is recycled – every time. Paper recycling:

  • Diverts shredded documents away from landfill – saving valuable space for those materials which can’t be reused, recycled or composted.
  • Keeps trees in the ground where they belong – for the health of our planet, our enjoyment and our heritage.
  • Decreases the environmental damage caused by paper production – the less paper that needs to be produced, the less non-renewable resources such as fuel and chemicals are saved.
  • Creates environmentally friendly products – instead of creating items such as copy paper, tissues and kitchen towels from new resources every time.

The world of paper recycling has come a long way in the past 20 years. Recycled pulp is now used to create items such as environmental urns, costume jewellery and even furniture.

Find out more about our shredding and recycling processes here.

We live in exciting times with the opportunity to make a real impact on the health of our finite resources with innovations popping up all the time in order to improve the way in which we use our paper. What are some of the clever ways you have used recycling in your home or office?