Have you notice paperless creeping into your life yet? We look at the ways paperless has already made its way into your day to day life...

Let paperless into your life: There's no escaping it

You might not have noticed it yet, but paperless is fast creeping into your life from all corners. If you haven't embraced the concept yet, you will soon be forced to in many day­-to-day places, so why not take control and welcome paperless into your world? From the cards you receive on your birthday to the tax disc in your car and from where you look to see what's on TV to how your children study at school, paperless methods of learning, tracking data and sending messages are everywhere.

Here, we take a look at some of the places where paperless has already made its way into your life.

In your car 

In his 2013 Autumn Statement, chancellor George Osborne announced that the car tax disc would be axed from Britain after 93 years.

As the DVLA and police forces up and down the UK now rely on electronic systems to track vehicle ­related data and crimes, the car tax disc had become somewhat irrelevant and archaic over time, meaning there was simply no point in forcing drivers to keep changing the small disc in the corner of the windscreen every 12 months.

This helps the government to save money, resources and time spent carrying out admin tasks, freeing it up to focus on other, more important areas, while also improving its green credentials as it is not issuing largely pointless bits of paper to every vehicle owner in the country.

Last year, the government also announced that it would be abolishing the paper part of driving licences for similar reasons. Although driving licence cards are still in use, the DVLA's comprehensive database means it is now unnecessary for paper documents to be distributed alongside these ­ something that has benefits for the environment and driver alike.

At your child's school 

Statistics from educational charity Tablets for Schools show that laptops and tablets are now used in around 70 per cent of UK schools, with nine per cent of these having one device for every student.

In many classroom environments, digital devices are now used to research information, replacing the traditional textbook, while work is often typed rather than written with pen and paper.

Headteacher at Honywood Community School in Essex Simon Mason commented: "I think it's really important that schools function in the way the world is."

Sue Low, principal of Chatswood High School in the US, adds: "Laptops are now just as much of the culture of education as are pens and paper."

Although this means that students aren't necessarily being given the opportunity to develop handwriting skills, with the growing prevalence of paperless, will this even be needed in the future?

At the doctors

The NHS also looks set to go paperless in the near future, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt challenging the health service to go 100 per cent digital by 2018.

While this raises some data security concerns, it is important to remember that leaving medical information lying around on paper documents could cause a breach in itself, but safe passwords can be added to online files to prevent confidential data from being seen by others.

Mr Hunt stated: "The NHS cannot be the last man standing as the rest of the economy embraces the technology revolution. Only with world class information systems will the NHS deliver world class care."

There may still be a few seven­ year ­old magazines lying around for you to read in the doctors waiting room though, so paperless may not be a true reality for the health service for some time to come ­ or at least not until someone finally recycles those copies of Good Housekeeping.

At your childs school

Saying that, digital magazines are gaining in popularity too, as paperless enters the journalism industry.

Figures from the Professional Publishers Association released in 2013 showed that Vogue magazine experienced a 463 per cent increase in digital readers in a 12 ­month period, while BBC History saw its online readership grow by a huge 693 per cent over the course of the year.

Digital newspapers are also growing in popularity, with around 11.8 million people reading the Mail Online every day in comparison to the just over one million readers who purchase the paper version of the Daily Mail each day, suggesting that many prefer paperless when reading the news.

The Radio Times and other TV guides are becoming obsolete too, as free digital listings can be easily accessed online, providing us with yet another example of where paperless is creeping into our lives.

On your birthday

It's likely that you will have also seen paperless entering your world on your birthday. Love them or hate them, e-cards are increasingly replacing the traditional paper greetings card.

There are even postal services dedicated to delivering paperless items across the internet ­something that has become a lucrative market in recent years. And if you typically receive books as presents, these might not even be made of paper anymore. 

Statisticsfrom the Local Data Company show that the number of bookshops in the UK has declined by 9.5 per cent over the past five years, as sales of ebooks have soared.

Over one million people joined Apple's iBooks platform in just one week earlier this year ­something that corresponded with a 5.3 per cent decrease in the value of the hardback adult fiction market.

Is paper still present in your life? How about at work? Contact Storetec today to find out how our electronic document scanning solutions can help your organisation to embrace the concept professionally.

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