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How a Shredding Service Can Help Your Office Go Green

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The Origin of Green

A team of paper dolls unite and hold hands around a green globeIt is believed that the beginning of America’s green movement dates back to Henry David Thoreau’s writings in the 19th century. In his book The Maine Woods, the writer spoke of the “green” life, referring to the need for conservation, forest preservation, and respect for nature. Going green has been on our minds for a long time. Getting there has been a long process.

It’s Not Easy Being Green

In Kermit the Frog’s best-known song, It’s Not Easy Being Green, written by Joe Raposo, Kermit shares the challenges of his verdant color, but in the end, he concludes that it’s a beautiful thing and all he wants to be.

We all know and believe that going green environmentally is a beautiful and important thing to do, but it requires intentionality and lifestyle changes that aren’t always easy. However, there is one way to go green that is easy, and that’s partnering with a shredding service.

Shredding Makes It Easier

The average US office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of paper each year. Multiply that by the total number of office workers in the US and that’s a lot of paper! While the primary purpose of secure paper shredding is to destroy confidential information so it can’t be stolen, it can also benefit the environment.

Reputable shredding companies recycle 100% of their shredded paper. Here’s how that benefits all of us:

  • Reduces Landfill

We already send 140 million tons of waste ending up in US landfills each year, and adding paper to that is unnecessary. Shredding and recycling paper will keep it out of landfills, and one ton of recycled paper conserves three cubic yards of landfill space.

  • Reduces Greenhouse Gases

When we divert paper from the dump to the recycling plant, we reduce the build-up of methane and other greenhouse gases that perpetuate climate change.

  • Reduces Tree Cutting

Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil and 7000 gallons of water. Less trees are required to be cut down to make products that can be made from recycled paper, like office paper, tissues, toilet paper, napkins, greeting cards, cardboard, newspapers and magazines.

  • Reduces Carbon Dioxide

For every 17 trees saved, 816 pounds of carbon dioxide is absorbed from the air each year.

Wiggins Shredding provides both routine shredding and one-time purge shredding and we recycle 100% of the shredded paper. Call 610-692-TEAR(8327) or completing the form on this page for more information. Our friendly experts are standing by to answer your questions about going green.

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