Happy Earth Day! Regardless of political views, no one can argue that this planet is pretty much it—we have nothing else. We’ve checked the moon. In fact, we even drove on it (because apparently the rocket didn’t quite take us far enough). Aside from increasing our rock collection, we didn’t do too much else up there. Now we’re looking at Mars and you know what we’ve learned from the pictures of the dusty, red planet? The grass isn’t always greener. In fact, there is no grass.
Convertible option: Bathe in gamma ray bursts as you cruise along the sunny lunar ridges.
1. Cut the Paper
If you’ve seen some of our other blog posts and videos, you know we’re all about saving paper. Turning paper forms into digital versions that can be completed by customers or clients on your website can literally save tons of paper. The same goes for inter-departmental forms like purchase order requests or reimbursements that are used internally.
Going paperless is a great goal, but there are times when you just need to put your printer to work. Print on both sides of the sheet whenever possible, and of course, recycle when you’re done.
2. Recycle Ink Cartridges
The office printer is a repeat offender: both ink and toner cartridges have a big environmental impact:
- It takes a gallon of fossil oil to produce one laser cartridge.
- The energy used to manufacture 350 million cartridges is enough to make tens of thousands of SUVs.
- 400 million cartridges end up in landfills each year. They are projected to take centuries to decompose while releasing toxic components into the atmosphere.
Unfortunately, switching from Times New Roman to Garamond isn’t the huge money saver the media frenzy once suggested. However, a lot of office stores like Office Depot, Staples and Office Max accept used cartridges for recycling and often reimburse you with store credit.
3. Meatless Mondays
13% of Americans identify themselves as vegetarians or vegans. That means that the other 273,093,000 Americans are more than happy to order hamburgers topped with thick strips of sizzling bacon on their lunch break.
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, livestock agriculture contributes to more than 18% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
The Meatless Monday website reports that:
- Up to 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of beef.
- 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef.
- Only 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of plant-based protein.
Add all those numbers up and you get an overwhelming environmental cost-benefit to go green by eating green. Even if you play for Team Carnivore, having one day of meat-free meals will do wonders for the environment.
Observing Earth Day doesn’t have to be disruptive. While planting a tree, having a one-hour “black out,” taking the bus to work or participating in a beach cleanup is nice, there are plenty of things you can do to make Earth Day an everyday celebration.
Why not celebrate Earth Day by discovering how document management software can help your organization decrease its reliance on paper? Get your copy of the Document Management buyer’s guide and get started today!