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Many Americans are looking for ways to conserve the environment and "go green." Reducing the consumption and transportation of paper can make a big impact.
Consider these statistics:
- One ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees. (The National Arbor Day Foundation)
- One tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets. (The National Arbor Day Foundation)
- Every ton of paper recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. (American Forest & Paper Association)
If every American household used eBills and online bill pay, it could reduce solid waste in U.S. landfills by more than 800,000 tons a year and help curb the release of greenhouse gases by 2.1 million tons, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. This could also save an estimated 18.5 million trees a year!
Make the Switch, Make a Difference
Turn off paper and do your part to go green. According to the PayItGreen Alliance, by having your bills delivered electronically and paying them online, every year your household can:
- Save 6 pounds of paper
- Save 23 pounds of wood
- Avoid producing 29 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions
The Environment Benefits, But So Do You
In addition to saving the environment, you can save time. Receiving and paying bills online each month reduces this chore from hours to minutes. And with the extra time, you could plant a tree!
You’ll save money too. Since you won’t be paying bills the old fashioned way — writing checks, licking stamps and mailing — you’ll keep more green in your wallet. Use our Cash & Time Savings Calculator to see how much money and time you'll get back.
For more information about the going green and positive environmental impact of eBills and online bill pay, visit www.payitgreen.org.
To reduce the amount of commercial and non-profit mail you receive and remove your name from these mailing lists, visit www.DMAChoice.org, the Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) Consumer Information site.
“Switch to tree-free billing and pay those bills online with the click of a button or an automatic debit. Approximately one billion trees-worth of paper are trashed each year in the U.S., and hard copy bills alone generate almost two million tons of carbon dioxide. Both you and the planet will be happier without the excess garbage.”
~ The Green Guide (a National Geographic Society publication), Earth Day Tips