Both individuals and companies can help the environment this Earth Day by utilizing paperless faxing.
(PRWEB) April 22, 2014
Utilizing a paperless fax solution is a great way to celebrate this year's Earth Day, says Onlinefaxguide.com, a comprehensive guide to online fax service providers. Moreover, using an Internet or email based fax provider can be much more convenient and cheaper than using a traditional fax machine or system. It is one more example of how adopting a new technology can benefit the environment.
Online or Internet fax is simply using one's email system and Internet connection to send and receive faxes. Once an individual or company signs up to an online fax service provider they receive a local or toll-free fax number, along with a web-based account where the user can log-in to read/receive/send faxes. Faxes are sent as email attachments, usually in a Tiff or PDF file. One's faxes are hosted on a remote third-party site and this outsourcing is often referred to as a "cloud" service.
Since online faxing is completely paperless it fits perfectly into the whole Earth Day mentality or mindset. Celebrated on April 22, Earth Day is an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First started in the United States in 1970, Earth Day is now a worldwide tradition, being observed in over 192 countries around the globe. Activities can range from peaceful protests, marches, communal trash clean-ups... to environmentalism-awareness education events.
While many still believe one person's actions cannot make a difference, in fact, even a small change in behavior can have a huge impact. Going paperless will make a big difference since one leading "green" guide website tells us that approximately HALF of all the trees that are cut down in North America goes towards the production of paper. Now, it takes little imagination to realize what a devastating effect this will have on deforestation and destruction of wildlife habitat.
Next, one has to also consider the whole process of making paper that can involve up to 1,000 different chemicals and consume many kilowatt hours of power. Remember, in the United States and many other countries around the world, coal is still used to produce much of this needed energy. The use of coal can be very harmful to the environment - releasing such chemicals as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that can result in more smog and acid rain.
Furthermore, on average it takes one tree to produce two cartons of paper and it has been calculated that if only 5% of companies start using online faxing (paperless option) it would save over ONE million trees per year. Just something to remember as we all celebrate this Earth Day.
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