A PDF- making company (no idea these eve existed) recently sent me something that caught my eye about a survey they conducted:
In this survey,Â three out of every four Americans say they want to reduce paper consumption for the environment, including:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 48.0% -Â willing to reduce their use of newspapers
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 45.9% -Â willing to reduce their use of magazines
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 37.6% -Â willing to reduce their use of forms, contracts, documents
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 31.6% -Â willing to reduce their use of books
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6.1% -Â willing to reduce their use of toilet paper
Essentially, Americans are willing to half their paper consumption in the next five years. That’s fantastic for the environment! That means fewer trees will be felled uselessly and fuel consumed to transport paper will be reduced too.
The internet is quite kind for the environment, which I guess is why good news appears on this website and not on paper handed out on city streets. Ecogeek has a post about a published report on how much carbon is saved by using the internet.
E-Commerce will reduce emissions by 200 M tons
-Telecommuting will prevent 250 tons of carbon emissions from reduced driving, 30 tons from reduced office construction and 300 tons of energy savings
-Teleconferencing could prevent 200 M tons of carbon emissions (if it replaces 10% of face-to-face meetings.)
-Shifting newspaper from print to digital could save 60 M tons of carbon
-Digitally shipping other goods, such as music, movies and books would also contribute.
Coincidentally, an email arrived from a reader and wants to let people know about his new venture ensuring the internet continues to supports people who try to live green, GreenPDF:
FormRouter has declared war on paper forms and is offering free training
and educational resources to get organizations to create their own
online PDF forms.
We are doing this because paper forms are an environmental disaster. It
is estimated that 80% of all organization documents are paper forms.