Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Change the World Wednesday (#CTWW)
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far.
As promised, we're doing something a little different this week ... different and exciting. Our challenge is being presented by Kristina Ross. Take it away Kristina ...
Hey guys! What’s up? Ready to change the world? No sense in waiting around until Thursday.
This week’s challenge is pretty simple: keep an eye on your mailbox.
Alright, it’s a little more complicated than that – but not much. Here’s the deal:
It’s approximated that the U.S. Postal Service deals with around 212 billion pieces of mail annually. You can do the math yourself, but it’s pretty safe to say that means USPS is moving an incredible amount of mail each and every day. Consequently, that means people are using a lot of paper each and every day – enough paper to amass 212 billion packages, letters and other parcels over just 365 days.
Naturally, most of this paper gets tossed once it’s reached its recipient, unless it’s particularly important or nostalgic (somehow, I can bring myself to pitch those schmaltzy thank you notes and wedding invitations that seem to pile up every so often). And a lot of this discarded paper isn’t disposed of properly; the EPA estimates that around 40% of waste that’s clogging landfills can be attributed to paper products.
Your mission is this: digitize your correspondence. So much of what we would have put in the mail ten years ago is now more than doable with our bevy of technological advancements. Of course, you’re probably well aware and already taking full advantage of the ability to get in touch with a text, an e-mail or tweet. But think about where else you could avoid using paper; scanning and sending documents is easier than ever now that e-sign is a veritable resource for signatures, and interactive notes can actually be more effective over the Web with easy access to streaming videos, music and images.
If you really do have to send something in its physical form, think about how you can make it more sensible for the environment. Recycled, Eco-friendly packages and Eco-friendly envelopes are easy to find at office supply stores. Sometimes, you’ll even be able to find Eco-friendly inks that are made of soy or vegetables.
Try figuring out a way to send at least one message through cyberspace that you’d normally send through the postal service. Get creative! I’m excited to hear what you come up with.
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So what do you think ... ready to take on this one? Thanks to Kristina for challenging us this week!
Until next time ...
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!