Starting-up Green

Shoeboxed is going green! If you aren’t convinced yet, check out my video. Being environmentally-conscious is a high priority for the entire team. We’ve made a lot of changes to our work environment and our lifestyles as we embark on our long mission to be a sustainable start-up company. Here are some of the latest green developments in the Shoequarters:

1. Recycling—Flyers adorn the walls of every room reminding everyone to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum products. Some team members made special containers to help separate out recyclables from the trash.

2. Energy efficiency—As an Internet start-up company, we use computers all day and all night. There are certain guidelines we all follow to cut down on our computers’ energy use. Here are some of those tips:
a. Turn off or set computers to a lower power setting anytime we do not use them.
b. Do not use screen savers, but rather use screen/monitor shutdown options.
c. Turn on printers and scanners only when they need to be used.
d. Use only products with ENERGY STAR labels.
3. Utensils—We use silverware and dishes that we clean after each use to avoid resorting to plastic utensils and paper plates.

4. Water use—Water use in the Shoequarters is limited; however, all team members make efforts to avoid keeping the water running when washing dishes or washing their hands.

5. Electricity—It is a rule in the office to turn off lights in rooms that are no longer in use.

6. Commuting—Some of us live within walking distance of the office and others live on the nearby Duke campus. Walking, biking, and carpooling are the ways we encourage team members to come to the Shoequarters every day.

Shoeboxed is moving in the right direction. The changes we are making in the Shoequarters and in our personal lives are significant. We are proud to display our environmentally-conscious efforts and hope to inspire others to follow our lead.

Organize Your Receipts… And Stay Secure

Believe it or not, we don’t like receipts very much. We think they’re annoying, a waste, and difficult to keep track of. Our greatest motivation in developing Shoeboxed is to make it easier for people to organize and manage receipts, because after all, they contain lots of information worth keeping around.

I came across a website the other day that made a strong case for the existence of a site such as Shoeboxed. Mark A. Thomas of New York has decided to put most of his receipts from the past few years on the Internet. The site allows any visitor to access Thomas’ receipts in high quality resolution.

Although the idea of saving receipts online, as Thomas has, may seem appealing because it frees up your filing cabinets (or actual shoeboxes) and other storage space at home, the security and organization are lacking with Thomas’ method. With Shoeboxed, Thomas would be able to establish different Shoeboxes to better organize his receipts, thus making it easier to track down travel receipts from food purchases, for example. At the same time, with a personal and secure account, Thomas would not have to put all his receipts on display to everyone. With Shoeboxed you now have the option to keep your receipts online like Mr. Thomas wanted to in a secure and organized manner. Let’s also not forget that putting your paper receipts online allows you to recycle your receipts, an extra plus and step towards keeping a sustainable society model.

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Join Shoeboxed, Recycle Paper Receipts, Save the Planet!

What’s your ecological footprint? Different businesses have been asking themselves that question in order to better implement solutions to rising environmental issues. Here at Shoeboxed, we’ve been considering the environmental issues since day one. This environmental concern was huge motivation for Shoeboxed to launch its receipt-upload feature as early as possible.

With this unique online feature, we hope that our users can join us on a mission to promote more widespread recycling of paper receipts. No longer do you have to save that paper receipt in a folder buried in your filing cabinet. Now you can simply upload all of your paper receipts onto your personal Shoeboxed account and throw the actual receipt in a recycling bin. You will have the convenience of always being able to view your entire receipt online, while also knowing that the physical receipt can again be used thanks to the recycling process.

Most receipts are printed on recycled paper; however those receipts hardly ever go back into the recycling phase. Let’s change that together. Create your free Shoeboxed account today and do your part in making that particular aspect of our society more sustainable.