Saving paper while planting trees seems like a green dream but CheckFree Corporation and Sovereign Bank are making it a reality. In order to encourage consumers to switch to paperless e-bills, Sovereign Bank is donating $1 toward the planting of one tree for each new e-bill that their customers sign up for. The two companies partnered for a "Go Paperless" campaign, in which this is the first step to educatepeople on the benefits of paperless bills.
Over 800,000 tons of waste and 2.1 million tons of greenhouse gases are created because of hard copy bills. But the benefits of e-billing go beyond savings in energy, trees and waste however. E-bills allow easier access to current and past bills. Also the bills are received instantly online and are more secure since they don't sit unattended in a mailbox.
Speaking on behalf of the National Arbor Day Foundation, recipients of the donations, Kevin Sanders stated, "Obviously, businesses and consumers won't ever stop needing paper, but technology is helping make an impact to reduce unnecessary paper usage and waste." Yay technology! Gotta love the win-win.
written by Audi Control Arm, January 01, 2008
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