Technology has been accused of ruining many things in the world and in society, but there are times when it helps to preserve the natural elements around us by replacing things that once hurt the environment with more eco-friendly solutions. Such is the case with paper – more specifically, the ability to keep a few (million) more trees sprouting up and keeping oxygen levels at a sustainable level.
E-receipts, paperless storage, and other forms of technology that have reduced the need for paper are poised to start making a difference. There are trade-offs of course; every device that replaces paper requires power and our rate of consumption is an entire other element of conservation that needs to be addressed. Still, the more trees we can keep from falling for the sake of communication and record-keeping, the better.
This infographic snippet by our friends at Lemon breaks down the rise of e-receipts, particularly with popular retailers. Click to see the full infographic.