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May 20, 2010

How to Save Paper: Go Electronic

Sending an e-card This week’s tips are about how to cut down on paper use – there are many reasons to, perhaps the foremost of which is that much of climate change is caused by deforestation. Also, paper production consumes energy, and thrown-away sheets clog landfills. Here’s what you can do.

Tip #4: Digitize Your Greetings

The rise of e-mail has saved forests’ worth of trees. Which is great – but perhaps it’s time to take the paper-saving up another notch. Are you willing to rethink social graces traditionally carried out with paper? If you’re planning a wedding, say, would you consider making your save-the-dates electronic? How about the actual invitations? Can thank-you cards be e-mailed instead of produced at a paper mill, printed, bought, and delivered? How do you feel about sending electronic special-occasion cards, like for this upcoming Father’s Day? A Google search turns up plenty of services for sending online greetings; our favorite is Pingg, which stocks stunning nature imagery.

What do you think: Can an e-card take the place of a handwritten note?

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