I IMPLEMENT THE ZERO INBOX METHOD
I reduce the number of emails sent every day
I minimize the load borne by internet servers
I use an eco-friendly provider
I reduce my carbon footprint
More than 200 billion emails are sent every day. Yeah, you read that right, more than 200,000,000,000 emails (I think it’s more impressive when you write the number down) are being sent daily and this won’t change anytime soon! It’ll even continue crescendo since this form of communication is preferred to all others, especially in the world of business.
At the office, each employee receives 88 emails and sends 34 every single day. And imagine executives that clock over 5 hours a day of reading an anwswering emails!
Therefore, when looking at this phenomenon from an environmental perspective, one can visualize the scale of the catastrophe. Even though it’s hard to picture, a tiny email (which weighs about 19 grams of CO2) can have a massive impact on our planet, when multiplied by the numbers I mentionned you earlier.
To give you a more concrete idea of the phenomenon, the ADEME (the French Agency for the Environment and the Control of Energy) calculated that a company of 100 people generates13,6 tons of CO2 yearly, the equivalent of 14 round trips between Paris and New-York.
Thankfully there are plenty of solutions to lower those numbers :
- send less emails
- have a signature without a picture or logo
- avoid useless attachments
- limit the number of recipients (cc and cci)
For those of you who want to complete the process, I recommend you replace your current account with an email hosted by Newmanity : they have environment-friendly servers that will help you reduce your carbon footprint!
The most effective is to empty your trash folder frequently. Either automatically every week (if you can change your settings) or manually. Lastly, a little boost from Cleanfox to delete your subscriptions to useless newsletters and that’s it! You just became a pro in terms of reducing your email address’ carbon footprint, congrats!
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