recycleEarth Day has come and gone, but it’s not too late to start a new green trend in 2013. Help your small business go paperless and make an enormous impact on the health and well-being of the planet.

The average person creates 4.5 pounds of trash every day, most of which is paper! That’s 13.5 million pounds of trash created each day in the U.S. alone.

By reducing your use of paper, you’ll be decreasing the amount of fossil fuels used in processing, saving space in landfills, and conserving precious trees which reduce ozone and nitrogen dioxide levels in our atmosphere.

1. Move beyond the envelope

Once you’ve taken advantage of Shoeboxed’s Magic Envelope to declutter your workspace, it’s time to go paperless with your Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker app for iPhone and Android. The app allows you to instantly upload single receipts via your smartphone’s camera, preventing the formation of pesky piles of paper.

You can also make sure to opt for an eReceipt whenever possible. Asking your vendor or retailer to skip the paper print-out can make a serious dent in paper receipt production and the 9 million trees that are cut down each year just to make receipts!

2. Opt for cloth

It’s easy to go paperless in the restroom and breakroom of your office as well. Instead of wasting paper towels and napkins, opt for handkerchiefs and cloth towels. These can be placed in a bin to be washed at the end of each day, and will make your workspace feel like a luxury hotel!

3. Get a tablet already

iPads and eReaders aren’t just for airplanes anymore. Doing your magazine and newspaper reading on a tablet would save upwards of 250 million trees per year in the United States alone.

4. Pay online

Have you noticed how some companies will let you pay your bills online, but will still send you a paper bill as well? Go paperless – truly paperless – by opting out of all paper bills and receipts.

You can also opt out of receiving junk mail by click here:

5. eSign your documents

Signing documents seems to be the last frontier in paper printouts – after all, a signature doesn’t “count” unless it’s been signed in ink, right? Wrong.

Services like HelloSign and DocuSign allow you to legally sign all sorts of agreements without printing or scanning a single item! Just like scanned receipts, eSignatures are perfectly acceptable and are considered legal documents by the IRS.

How will you go paperless this year?

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