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World Paper Free Day – 6 November

World Paper Free Day is an annual campaign that aims to reduce the amount of paper generated by people in their everyday work and personal life. It was launched by the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM).

AIIM is a non-profit organization that provides standards. market research, education, and certification for information professionals. It launched World Paper Free Day in order to raise awareness of huge amount of paper used in vain and to promote paperless technologies.

World Paper Free Day used to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in October, but AIIM has recently moved it to a fixed date, November 6. On this day, businesses and people are encouraged to stop using paper for one day in order to stop being so reliant on paper.

According to research, the average office worker uses about four dozens sheets of paper per day, of which about half is considered waste. Despite all modern technology, a lot of businesses still have traditional-based filing systems which require considerable space, equipment and maintenance. AIIM encourages such businesses to participate in World Paper Free Day to see the benefits of a paperless office.

Going paperless helps businesses save space and money, boost productivity and keep information more secure while also making sharing it easier. Besides, paperless offices help the environment: the less paper we use, the less trees are chopped down to make it.


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World Recycling Day – 15 November

World Recycling Day began in the United States in 1994. At that time, the aim was to encourage consumption of products made from recycled materials. Today, recycling has become a major environmental challenge: it is the sine qua non condition for introducing a circular economy that protects the environment.
This is the challenge in the 21st century, which can no longer follow the current economic system based primarily on a linear approach – “I take, I use, I throw away” – and will no longer be sustainable by the end of this century due to the ongoing explosion of the global population, migration from the countryside to cities, and the increasing scarcity of resources.

Recycâbles - Chaîne de tri - Repérage de ce qui peut être polluant
(Recycâbles – Chaîne de tri – Repérage de ce qui peut être polluant) Recycling cables – checking what could be polluting matter

The solutions are optimising the recycling process and the various recovery and waste recycling solutions. However, to achieve this aim, we need to sort our waste so that it can be recycled according to its type. Plastic flakes and pellets enable the manufacturing of gardening bins, pillows, or car interiors, for instance.

The same applies to the recycling of paper and cardboard, which primarily contributes to supplying the paper and cardboard manufacturers, instead of using the usual channels and wood to manufacture paper. Ground glass, which is melted at very high temperatures, can also be turned into bottles. Meanwhile, steel is transported to a steel mill in order to be crushed, melted, stretched, and ultimately turned into coils, bars or thread.

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