The paper used for all the bills you get in the mail has already gone through a long, energy-consuming process before it even reaches your mailbox: cutting down acres and acres of trees, energy used and harmful gases released from the pulp and paper industry creating the paper, fuel consumption by air, rail and road to transport reams of paper across the country, energy to manufacture printers, ink and toner cartridges, and fuel consumption sending paper documents by ground or mail- all for something that could have been sent to you digitally. It’s time to eliminate all of these steps and sign up to go paperless on your bills!
Paper consumption has QUADRUPLED just since 1960. By eliminating paper bills, payments and statements alone, the average household would save 6.6 pounds of paper each year and avoid releasing 171 pounds of greenhouse gases. If all U.S. households were to go paperless, in one year it could save 16.5 million trees and reduce greenhouse gases by 3.9 billion pounds! It would also eliminate 13 billion gallons of toxic wastewater and 1.6 billion pounds of solid waste in landfills.
So how do you do it? Log on to your bank accounts and utilities and choose the paperless option or call them to ask the best way to do it! This way you can pay all bills electronically, and they will send you email notifications when your bill is ready. To try to minimize junkmail, you can use websites like www.optoutprescreen.com and the National Do Not Mail List.
We lose 20 football fields of trees to logging every minute- it’s time to slow this down. #GoWilde this week and go paperless!