See this photo?
It represents the millions of elastic bands that we seem to get through in the library. We must have made up a goodly number of those rubber band balls (they bounce very well too!) in the last few years. And before you start wondering, no we don't now have a collection of rubber band balls!! Every now and then when they get too big for their holding place, we pass them to the postwoman so that she can use them again.
The postwoman is the person that keeps giving us these elastic bands all wrapped around our daily post of little envelopes, new journals, old journals, book parcels from other libraries and other bits and pieces. So, we do at least recycle the bands, but it does make me wonder...how many rubber bands can an organisation get through, not to mention paperclips, post-it notes, staples and, of course, paper!? We do our best in the library, but it does seem that the paperless office, much touted about a decade or so ago, is just never going to happen - we like paper too much!