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So I was sent something at work today. Nothing extremely important. It came in a simple blue envelope.
I looked at the office redirect envelope with a bit more attention than normal.
I realised that it featured a great history. Colleagues young and old, past and present, senior and junior from the various departments and buildings.
Halfway down the first column I also saw my own writing to a colleague who had also since left.
I wonder what I sent her then?
I wonder when it was? How funny not to know now.
This humble envelope had travelled from accounts to transport and back, from the CEO to the front desk.
The image is deliberately blurry to protect the innocent.
It’s probably carried many different documents and articles. Proposals, notes, letters, binders, reports, documents, responses and correspondence.
The reason why it took my attention was because many of the names are no longer In the company. Some have retired, some have left, some have got married. The top name on one side has been gone for six years.
So that’s why I was impressed. This simple office tool, this humble cardboard sleeve has been in use for around seven years. In that time around seventy journeys around the organisation are recorded in the slots on either side.
It’s like a carrier pigeon.
It still has more than half empty.
It still has a long way to go.
There’s 140 slots in total.
This humble device has saved at least seventy envelopes in the internal mail.
Isn’t that amazing?
What a great invention!
I think I’m going to do a series on greener office tools and this is the first.
I give you the redirect envelope!
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