On the Virtues of Paper Shredding

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:17 pm, Posted by Absolute Destruction

We live in a world filled with incredible technology. The pocket-sized devices millions of people own are each more powerful than the computers NASA used to bring someone to the moon.

However, it’s important not to conflate sophistication with effectiveness. In other words, it’s better to do something in a way that’s simple and low-tech if it’s more effective than the high-tech alternative. 

There’s something very permanent and unalterable about shredding physical paper documents. Let’s further explore why paper shredding is still the best security solution.

Written Words Can’t Be Backed Up or Hacked

If you delete a computer file, how can you be positive that there isn’t another copy floating around somewhere? When it comes to paper, once it’s shredded, it’s gone forever.

There’s no way to recover a shredded document. For this reason, if you have sensitive information, it may be a better idea to store it in a tangible form like in a paper document, rather than in a digital format. 

Most people don’t know the ins and outs of encryption technology, and even products claiming to be safe from hackers can be breached. Paper shredding’s simplicity is its virtue: such documents are fully and permanently destroyed in a way that information posted online can’t be.


Most people and even business owners don’t really understand the nuts and bolts of how the internet works and how any information posted there remains in some form forever. On a basic level, there are websites that let you go back in time and see what a URL used to look like days, weeks, months, or years ago.

Yes, paper can be photocopied, but this information still exists in a hard-copy form that’s easy to track. You won’t have to worry about covering up your digital footprints when you don’t make any in the first place.

Environmentally Friendly

While the security of your information is the paramount concern for anyone looking to prevent a hack or a security breach, the need for safe environmental practices can’t be overstated. Shredding paper is the most environmentally-friendly way to reduce your data liabilities.

To date, Absolute Destruction has saved over 100,125 trees. Burning or incinerating paper emits gaseous air pollutants into the atmosphere.

It may appear like burned documents vanish without a trace, but an ecological footprint is left behind. If you want to make sure that your sensitive documents are destroyed in a way that’s best for the planet, get them professionally shredded. 

The Absolute Destruction mobile shredding truck can be dispatched to your location quickly to shred your paper documents right from the curbside. If you have a large volume of papers that need to be shredded, we’ll transport them to our facility for secure shredding. 

Either way, our commercial shredding services are convenient — all it takes is a phone call. Book a one-time service or schedule pickups in regular intervals, as needed. 

Keeping your cards close to your chest is important in poker, and in life, you need to keep your sensitive information close at hand. We’re proud to be the best document shredding company in Toronto and the GTA, so call Absolute Destruction for all your paper shredding needs.

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