From email to instant messaging to social media, the Internet is an essential communication tool. Unfortunately, it's also popular among scammers and cybercriminals. To protect yourself from email scams, malicious software, and identity theft, you'll need to understand how to identify and avoid potentially dangerous content in your inbox, including spam and phishing attempts.We use paper on everyday basis in much more forms than we are aware of. It’s not just the magazines, newspapers, printed documents or posters on the walls. There’s toilet paper, and paper towels, then take-away coffee mugs and brown shopping bags. For example, each person in the United States uses 749 pounds (340kg) of paper every year (adding up to a whopping 187 billion pounds (85 billion kg) per year for the entire population).
World consumption of paper has grown 400 percent in the last 40 years. Now nearly 4 billion trees or 35 percent of the total trees cut around the world are used in paper industries on every continent.
Did you know?
Wood pulp is found in rayon material, laundry detergent, tires, and transmission belts.The trees used to make paper come mostly from softwood forests, usually pine.In 1883 Charles Stillwell invented a machine to make brown paper bags so folks would have something to carry their groceries home in. Today more than 10 million paper bags are used annually in supermarkets.
The single oldest living thing on Earth is a tree, a 4,700 year-old bristlecone pine tree in Nevada. It was growing when the Egyptians built the pyramids.And as we all know too well, the only planet we have is in a serious problem. The Earth’s ecosystem is changing rapidly, and not in a good way. One of the main reasons for that is our overuse of trees. Cutting down trees destroys forests, leaves lot of animal species homeless and endangered, changes the world’s climate, increases the possibilities of devastating forest fires etc…
Maybe we can’t completely eliminate paper from our lives and business, but here is what we can do - change our consumption habits.
What can we do as individuals?
Reduce using paper towels, napkins and tissues. It's important to start seeing the connection between the trees and the products you use on everyday basis, since somewhere trees where cut down, processed into pulp, bleached and pressed into the shape of tissues and paper towels.
Buy recycled toilet paper. Simply making the choice to buy recycled toilet paper, even though it costs a bit more, can make a difference.Buy a reusable coffee mug. You can buy a plastic or ceramic reusable coffee container and start bringing it with you each morning. Some coffee shops even offer a slight discount when you bring in your own container.
Choose the paperless options for bills. E-banking, mobile banking, payment cards – there is always another option instead of paying in cash, waiting in lines and signing (paper!) receipts.
What can we do as companies?
Don’t print documents and e-mails unless absolutely necessary. Many eco-friendly companies put in the footer of every company e-mail a request to the recipients not to print that e-mail unless there is a good reason for that.
Save important documents in Cloud not on paper. Cloud is the new buzzword of 21st century. And for a good reason. All documents can be saved in Cloud, they can not be burned down or lost, they don’t require any storage space and don’t need to be printed.
Encourage your employees to take care of the environment. Here is an idea. A team building activity which would involve planting trees or some other nature-themed activity. This would have a positive impact on the team spirit and motivation increase and would be good for the environment.
Instead of printing your magazines, newsletters etc. go digital! All of the above wouldn’t make much sense if you continue to print your editions. Digital publishing is cheaper, more time-efficient and 100% eco friendly.