Today is World Environment Day. And here’s how to celebrate it the right way

World Environment Day

Today is a great day to start a new habit that could save the planet. Sounds ambitious doesn’t it?

It’s not as hard as you think.

At SignNow, we’re always ready to remind you that you’re capable of a feat of this magnitude.

Here’s why:

  • 50% of business waste is constituted by paper.
  • Over 30 million acres of forest are destroyed annually.
  • Paper production uses up lots of water. A piece of A4 paper requires 10 liters of water per sheet.
  • The average office worker uses ten thousand sheets of paper each year.

So as you can see, using paper costs way more than producing it. And when it’s burned, it emits vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Compare that to the fact that every tree produces enough oxygen for only 3 people.


The solution is already here

Going digital is not a brand new thing.

But the main point isn’t necessarily just to make electronic versions of documents. The goal here is to create a permanently efficient workflow.

And paper is an impediment to achieving this. Once a document gets printed out, the paperless workflow cycle is broken. The waste and financial strain in and of itself should be ample reason to go completely digital.

Just imagine this. On average, an employee still prints 6 pages per day. That’s 1,410 wasted pages per year!

For this reason, we’ve prepared for you a special go-green set of instructions.

How to throw your printer away in 3 easy steps

1. Put on rubber gloves.

Yes, you may break down in tears as you disassemble that printer that you paid so much for.

And by the way, when you’re done, collect all of the spare parts and bring them to a recycling center. Your printer consists of plastic, metal, circuit boards and other materials that should be recycled.

It takes over 1000 years for the average plastic cartridge to decompose.

2. If you use an inkjet printer, pull out the ink cartridge. Ink is especially dangerous for the environment.

In fact, the toner (carbon black) has been classified as a potential carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

3. Take your cartridges to one of these services.

    • Costco: provides free shipping and shipping boxes for all transactions with a value of at least $1.
    • Staples: order boxes online, fill them and send them back to their recycler using the prepaid shipping label.
    • Office Depot: in addition to toner cartridges, they will also accept your old cell phones and rechargeable batteries.

Keep in mind that  some corporations offer special recycling programs.

For example, Hewlett-Packard offers in-store drop off and free shipping for HP brand ink cartridge recycling. And Canon allows you to ship your used cartridges for free at any FedEx Office location.


Recycling is not enough anymore

Minimizing paper production is one of the most significant ways we can impact our environment.

For example, by scanning all existing documents in your office, you can eliminate time consuming searches and create a safe cloud storage for them.

The next step is implementing electronic signature policies.

This will help you reduce document turnaround time by 80%. It goes without saying that e-signatures save your employees from paper-based routine work. They can also impact your company branding.

In fact, an e-signature platform is a must if you want to close deals as quickly as possible while also saving money. Also, safe and easy-to-use services make it possible to decrease the contract cycle and attract more customers.

With a platform like SignNow, going green is not just about papers and printers. It’s also about creating a new digital and environmental-friendly mindset.