I recently received an email (see excerpt below) from my phone carrier recommending that I switch from paper billing to online bill payment. The jest of the email is the amount of savings a single individual can make (Example: 6.6 pounds of paper).
If these number are valid, wouldn't the savings be even greater if people switched to tablet PCs? I think we all need to start thinking about how we can eliminate paper from our lives and improve the quality of the environments that we live in.
Dear Valued AT&T Customer,
By switching from paper billing to online bills and payments, you are making a difference.
The PayItGreen Alliance, a nonprofit group promoting the environmental benefits of online billing and payments, produced a study to demonstrate the environmental impact one household can have by switching from paper to online.
Stuart Williams, Director of Payment Services at CheckFree/Fiserv and a member of the PayItGreen Alliance, said the average American household would, every year:
- Save 0.08 trees.
- Save 6.6 pounds of paper.
- Not release 63 gallons of wastewater.
- Save 4.5 gallons of gasoline for transportation.
- Not produce 171 pounds of greenhouse gases