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Paperless Office: Problems with Post-its.

on September 23, 2020

Post-its, everyone loves them. Whether it is because of the colors or just how convenient they are to use. They are therefore very widely used. Maybe too much. Maybe a lot more than you actually realize. Consider: how many post-its do you use on a normal work or school day? It's just those little leaves, surely that can't hurt? Doesn't that cost anything? Well, for a company, it can be a hefty price tag.

We tend to think that paper costs us nothing. As an employee of a company, certainly, but probably also when we own a company. That's because it feels so normal to use paper all day long. But if you really think about it, how much do you actually spend on using post-its and small notes for notes at work?

We will already reveal: as a (large) company that can cost you thousands and even tens of thousands of euros per year!

  • For a package of 6 regular suits yellow sticky notes from 90 sheets you pay like that 15 euro. That is probably more than you expected. Well that is of course 2.50 euros per pack, but they go through it faster in companies than you might think.
  • Many companies even leave specially printed post-its to make. This is usually possible from 50 pieces and costs on average 1 euro per post-it. So if a company orders 50, they are for this 50 euros lost.
Paperless office post its

It's just a joke

In addition, companies and employees sometimes want to playing pranks with post-its. A company on Canal Street, New York started a post-it war in 2016. There are two large buildings there that house a lot of advertising companies. An office worker who was somewhat bored pasted a post-it on the window with the text "hi". In the building opposite him, a post-it appeared against the window with "sup" on it. Soon all the windows of the building were covered with post-its. The fight was dubbed #postitwar on Twitter. Sounds super funny of course, but just think what that joke has cost the companies.

- NOS. (2016, May 18). Idea for the office: play post-it war. https://nos.nl/op3/artikel/2105735-idee-voor-op-kantoor-post-it- Oorlogje-onderdelen.html

Paperless office post it war


As a company you can save a lot by omitting post-its

That is of course clear now. But of course you cannot just leave them out, as they are often used in a productive way and contribute a lot to the process within a company. Therefore, replace them with a more sustainable alternative, such as pages from a sustainable notebook or post-its made of recyclable paper.

What exactly do you save?

Let's assume that every employee of an average company has such 15 post-its per week used. If the company then 100 employees are those 1500 post-its weekly. Let's assume that each employee has approx 45 weeks a year works. Those are 67500 post-its per year. If a company uses non-personalized sticky notes then they have 125 packages from regular packets of post-its required. Those costs 2.50 euros per piece, so the company pays in total 312,50 for the post-its. But as a company personalized post-its used, which 75 cents per sheet costs, the company pays here 50 625 euros per year for.

Contrast that with the one-time purchase of a sustainable stonepaper notebook for 26.95 euros. 😉


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