Ditch the paper and feel greater!
On Thursday 9th November, organisations across the UK are being encouraged to support World Paper Free Day. For schools, this could mean holding a paper free day, week, month, or even cutting paper usage completely!
Despite the continual rise of digital technology, billions of trees are still cut down each year to supply paper and amongst the culprits using a large proportion of this are schools. Previous research has shown that on average, a primary school will use around 100,000 sheets of paper each year, whilst the average secondary school gets through 300,000 sheets in a year! As budget cuts continue to affect schools, cutting paper, whether that’s just for communicating with parents or reducing its use completely in school, seems like a quick and easy way to cut back on costs.
Most of the paper being used often won’t make it home, or will end up filed or thrown away, often without being recycled. This means that as well as failing to make savings, some schools are also failing to lead by example when it comes to teaching students about ‘going green’ and the importance of sustainability.
It’s hard to believe that in 2017, so many of us are still so reliant on paper, especially when it comes to communication. It is slow, inefficient and terrible for the environment. There are much better options available, with more and more technology dedicated to reducing use of paper.
This is particularly pertinent for schools, as online home-school communication systems can provide numerous benefits including reducing paper and printing costs, increasing staff resource and improving efficiency.
Save the paper and go digital
It’s likely that you’re already using digital communications as the primary method of contact between school and home. In-app notifications can be used to notify parents instantly of a new message, newsletter, emergency updates or last minute reminders – without the cost that comes with SMS. Unlike paper-based communication, digital systems allow schools to see whether messages have been received and opened and give a much faster response rate, as parents are able to react immediately rather than having to rely on students bringing letters home.
Going completely paperless
Now, schools are looking beyond basic communications and beginning to realise the benefits of sending permission forms, parent surveys, parents’ evening invitations etc. digitally, meaning paper communications will soon become extinct when it comes to parental engagement. For parents, this means they can expect to receive anything school related in an online account or better yet, through their mobile app.
Indeed, going digital has numerous financial and ethical benefits for schools, and World Paper Free Day should be the perfect excuse to reassess your requirements and reap the rewards that digital systems provide.
Will you be celebrating World Paper Free Day this November? Let us know how and share your tips for going paperless in the comments section below! Want to know more about how ParentMail can help your school could go completely paperless? Simply email us at email@example.com or call 01733 595959.