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How to Use Less Paper and Save More Trees | iMailApp

Over the years, environmentalists have led the advocacy to preserve natural resources and the protection of the natural ecosystem. The prevailing climate change and depletion of the protective ozone layer in the atmosphere have helped the struggle gain some grounds. As a result, countries of the world are taking individual and collective steps through the United Nations to ensure the natural ecosystem's safety.

An important aspect of the natural ecosystem that requires conserving is trees. Trees play some vital roles in balancing the atmosphere and ensuring that the environment is safe for human and animal habitation. However, due to industrial needs, trees are cut almost every day for various uses, out of which the production of paper ranks top. Research shows that 4.1 million hectares of forest is destroyed every year for the production of paper worldwide. Many options, including the planting of trees, have been touted as a means of protecting trees.

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In this article, another method of saving trees will be discussed. This method requires that the amount of paper used in our daily activities be reduced to the barest minimum. This way, the need for papers will reduce, which will lead to a reduction in the number of trees cut down for paper production. Effective tips to avoid the use of paper will also be given in this article.

Ten Effective Tips to Go Paperless

The following points are ways through which you can reduce the use of paper in your daily activities.

  1. Move to Electronic Signature: Until recently, appending signatures, applying seals and stamps on documents are the most common means of conveying authority to that document. As such, the use of paper in business and corporate organizations have continually increased. However, with the introduction of electronic signatures, the narrative has been changed. People can now append their signatures on documents on their computers, without having to print the document. The electronic form of seals and stamps can also be applied to documents on the computer. This approach is a beneficial innovation to the reduction of paper use. Since signatures are electronically applied, there is a reduced need to print documents for signatures, hence reducing paper use. Moreover, it is safer and easier to apply.

  2. Select "Save as PDF" instead of printing: This is one method of reducing paper use. Instead of printing that document, why not save it as pdf? Apart from reducing the use of paper, documents in PDF formats have other advantages. A few of them are;

  3. Security: Once you have your documents, save them in PDF format and store them on cloud storage. This provides a secure backup for your documents ensuring that you don’t lose them. Moreover, saving on the cloud is cheaper than printing, therefore, you save more money.

  4. Organization: PDFs are easy to organize as against piles of documents printed on paper

  5. Clarity: Unlike papers, characters on PDFs remain clearer forever, without fading even after long years.

  6. Subscribe to your favorite magazines online: Rather than buying those magazines in paperback, why not subscribe to the online option. You get to access the magazine on the go through your phones, laptops, or computer. Moreover, you will also reduce the need for paperbacks and printed copies, hence protecting trees.

  7. Buy e-books instead of hardcopies: This is more like the previous point, opt for eBooks. They are cheaper, safer, and less bulky. You can access them anytime and anywhere. This means that you do not only get to save money while buying eBooks; you are also making the environment safe for everyone by reducing paper needs.

  8. Choose Online Classes: Online classes are the latest innovation in the educational sector now. Instead of going to classes physically, students can attend classes and receive a quality education from the comfort of their homes. This approach is laudable as it reduces the location barrier to education. What's more, the use of educational materials in hardcopy is eliminated as the PDFs and online resources are shared with students.

  9. Use Paperless Statements: Apart from signing and appending stamps and seals, business reports and statements occupy second place in activities requiring paper use. However, with the advancement in technology, the need for these printed reports and statements have been reduced. These reports can be typed and sent to the email of the appropriate parties where they can access and utilize them. This reduces the use of paper in corporate and business organizations.

  10. Unsubscribe from junk mail and go paperless with iMailApp: Junk mail represents one of the wasteful activities requiring the use of paper. Researches show that an average American adult receives about 41 pounds of junk mail every year. As such, eliminating junk mail is a crucial step in saving trees and protecting the natural ecosystem. iMailApp is an app designed to help you discontinue the receipt of junk mail. Through the features of the app, you unsubscribe for junk mail and receive only necessary and beneficial mail. You can download and install the iMailApp on Google Play Store for Android devices and Apple App Store for iOS devices.

  11. Use Sugarcane fiber paper: With the aid of technological innovations, it has been discovered that papers can be produced from sugarcane fibers. You can then opt for this sugarcane fiber paper, rather than the paper made from tree pulps. By increasing the demand for sugarcane fiber paper, fewer pulp papers will be needed leading to fewer trees cut down for paper production.

  12. File Taxes Online: Paying taxes involves lots of paper works, which requires many papers. However, most tax revenue services have developed online portals for the payment and filing of tax documents. Utilizing these online portals helps the quest to save trees as fewer paper works are involved while filing taxes online. Moreover, filing taxes online is faster, safer, and cheaper with little or no bureaucracy and bottlenecks involved.

  13. Take an Electronic Receipt: After shopping at the store, or fueling your car at the gas station, don't ask for a paper receipt. Have them send it to your email electronically. This way, the use of paper is reduced, and thus, the demand for trees to be cut for paper production is also reduced. Moreover, the receipts are safer and can be accessed anytime, should there be a need for it.

These ten tips are effective ways through which the use of paper in our daily lives can be reduced. By reducing the need for paper, we are reducing the need for more trees to be cut for paper production. So take action today, save a tree today.

If you are an organization or an individual and really have to use paper, please support tree-planting organizations to help cover your carbon footprints and help with the conservation efforts:

8 Billion Trees

Trees for the Future

Green Peace

Charity Water

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