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Are Utilities Overstating the Environmental Benefits of Paperless?

Posted April 24, 2013 by David Cutter

When most people think of “going paperless” there is an obvious and almost automatic association with it being better for the environment. After all, less paper bills means less waste and fewer trees cut down, right?

greenwashing-imageIt turns out there is another take on this often one-sided conversation. A recent press release issued by Two Sides, a non-profit that promotes the responsible production and use of print and paper, is hoping to tone down what it sees as a misleading exaggeration of the environmental benefits of paperless billing by utilities, banks, and telecommunications companies.

They argue that this practice, which is called “greenwashing”, is overstating environmental claims and is causing irrevocable damage to the paper, print, and mailing sector.

Read the article below and see for yourself.


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