Shoeboxed Celebrates Earth Day

celebrate earth dayToday marks the 44th annual Earth Day celebration in the United States.

The very first Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd in 1970, was the result of hard-fought environmental efforts made by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who built upon the passion of the late 1960s social movements in order to bring ecological concerns into the spotlight.

By the end of the 1960s, the American public had become more and more concerned about the fate of the planet. Grassroots organizations rallied students and volunteers throughout the country, and on April 22nd, 1970, over 20 million Americans demonstrated in the streets of their local towns and cities. Senator Nelson insisted that while the ultimate goals of creating Earth Day were political, the activities of Earth Day should be local. Continue reading “Shoeboxed Celebrates Earth Day”

Want to Recycle Receipts and Business Cards?

To reduce paper clutter and unnecessary postage costs, Shoeboxed is now allowing our customers to opt out of getting their receipts and business cards mailed back to them. By default, we return receipts and business cards for our Mail-In Classic and Business members. Since we provide scanned copies of the receipts and  business cards, many members don’t need the originals back. If you don’t need them back, let us know. We can shred and recycle them for you after processing.
Shoeboxed Can Shred and Recycle Your Receipts and Business Cards
Shoeboxed Can Shred and Recycle Your Receipts and Business Cards

If we can avoid unnecessary mailings, it keeps our costs low so that we can bring you a better Shoeboxed!

Saving Trees by Organizing Receipts

Shoeboxed is dedicated to environmental protection and sustainability. You might wonder where we’re coming from on this one: I mean, we do organize receipts, which are made of paper, which comes from trees. Without the destruction of trees, we wouldn’t exist, right? WRONG!

Save the trees!

We recognize that individual action needs to be taken in order to develop the environmentally-conscious attitude needed to preserve our natural resources, and using Shoeboxed is one way you can take a stand for the environment. By using Shoeboxed, YOU can start acting NOW to change things and make our lives more sustainable. Here’s how:

1. Scan in paper receipts to Shoeboxed and then recycle them. We had so many people contact us and tell us about how many thousands of receipts they are keeping around their houses. One woman emailed me the other day saying she had been saving every single receipt she has ever received since she was 7. Now that is a lot of paper. Digitize receipts and then recycle! Our Receipt Mail-In program makes this easy. Under our normal rates, you can send us hundreds of receipts at a time, and with special bulk pricing, you can mail in a lot more than that.

2. In the long term, Shoeboxed hopes to make the world free of paper receipts, and allow you to skip right to the digital copy. With your support of our current projects, you will make this happen more quickly, and the receipt revolution will accelerate!

I wanted to share some interesting facts with you about receipt paper usage in the United States every year, because I think they really drive home the point.

Basic Facts:

1 Ton of Paper = 17 Trees

220,000 tons of receipt paper are produced each year in the USA alone

220,000 tons of receipt paper = 3,740,000 trees cut ONLY for receipts EVERY YEAR

By recycling your receipts after putting them online on your personal and secure Shoeboxed account, you will not save only trees.

1 Ton of paper also represents:
– 6953 gallons of water
– 463 gallons of oil
– 587 pounds of air pollution
– 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space
– 4077 Kilowatt hours of energy

By using Shoeboxed regularly, imagine how many trees you can save every year. Start eliminating paper receipts today! And with Shoeboxed, you’re not just helping to preserve the earth’s invaluable natural habitats, you’ll also benefit from using the premier receipt organization service online. It’s kind of no-brainer.