There are some things you can do which can help to save the environment. You may be concerned for the environment but you don’t have the time to go out on the streets to chant slogans with other activists. But you can make a difference every time you work on your computer. You can do that by modifying your work habits or updating the technology which you use. Check out a few things, which can help to save the environment while you’re online:
Email has made communication faster and easier. You can email anyone anywhere in the world and receive a reply in seconds or minutes. You can use the email to subscribe to your favorite newspapers and magazines, reducing paper waste. You throw away the newspaper after reading only once, so a lot of paper (and thus trees), can be saved by subscribing online rather than to the paper.
You can email your marketing material, instead of printing leaflets or brochures. You’d save money and resources by emailing your ads. It also gives you the opportunity to personalize marketing material which would give you a better chance of getting a response from your client base. So, going online has many positive points, apart from being good for the environment.
You can send season’s greeting through email, instead of cards or postcards.
This is the best way to conserve paper. You can do all your work on your computer, including doing your research, writing online, saving your files online in the cloud. With the advance of the cloud technology, you no longer need to buy extra hard drives to save your important files, nor do you have to take numerous copies of prints. In fact, most people are transferring their business to the cloud, so that their information is accessible always. You can also do that to make accessing your information more convenient, as well as saving hardware and paper.
Work from home
Working from home is now a viable solution for most employers and employees. Most companies make their data available to their employees online, which enables and facilitates work from home. Commuting leads to greenhouse emissions which can be avoided by working from home. If you are an employer, you save on office infrastructure costs if your employees work from home, and your targets can be met just as well from home as from office.
Also, if people conserve their time and energy without the hassle of commuting, their productivity levels also go up, leading to better profitability.
Pay your bills, read books online
This will save both paper and fuel, as a lot of paper is saved if bills are raised and paid online. Reading e-books and listening to audiobooks is a great alternative to paperbacks. The printing of books involves a lot of chemicals, so you save paper and reduce chemical pollutants by reading online.
If you feel strongly about the environment, you can do your bit sitting at home too, through your computer. You can sign petitions online, support and spread the message of wildlife and conservation organizations. You can post videos and informative articles on social media. The more people know about eco-friendly initiatives, the better it is for the planet. You can email your concerns to your congressman or policymakers which can make a positive difference to drafting eco-friendly policies.
Donate your computer’s processing power to research
Your computer’s processing power can be used for the benefit of research. IBM’s initiative has connected millions of computers all over the globe which has allowed researchers to compute a huge amount of data to come up with results for their studies. Donating your computer to medical research can help scientists to discover new medicines for diseases.
Use the Notepad
When you’re working online, use the Notepad software to write notes, instead of a paper notepad, or sticky notes. Your research and your ideas and concepts would be conveniently organized on your computer, ready to be used when required.
Going online is a great way to contribute to saving the environment. It saves paper, fuel and when you are proactive, you’d have the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile for the environment.