The environmental impact of paper production, processing, and distribution as well as the efficiency losses (more cost to the end user – consumer) of using paper has been a driving factor for The Virtual Realty Group and our virtual online office model. We use secure online, multi-site storage of your important documents that meet with and oft-times exceeds all National and local legal standards.
Consider some of the environmental impacts of using paper in our business:
- Cutting trees that release oxygen for our environment
- Energy usage and release of harmful gases in pulp and paper industry
- Fuel consumption by air, rail, and road transport distributing reams of paper
- Fuel consumption sending paper documents via ground & air courier services
- Manufacturing printers, ink and toner cartridges
Consider the following facts about the paper and ink industry:
- Paper consumption has tripled since 1960 and Americans generate 85 million tons of paper into the waste stream
- The U.S. pulp and paper industry is the 2nd largest consumer of energy
- EPA estimates that more than 400 million ink and 100 million toner cartridges end up in landfills each year
- The average U.S. officer worker prints 10,000 pages per year
Consider the environmental impact of just 10 million pages:
- 2,500 trees
- 56,000 gallons of oil
- 450 cubic yards of landfill space
- 595,000 KW (kilowatts) of energy
So why is there still this perceived need for endless paper copies made of legal documents?
Many still believe that legally binding documents must have wet ink signatures. As a result, this leads to printing masses of paper that are couriered to customer locations, signed and stored in filing cabinets and vaults around the country. However, legislation has been passed to legalize and enforce electronic signatures – you likely electronically sign for purchases on a daily basis. With the powerful and secure software offerings of companies like Docusign, Echosign, DotLoop and our proprietary paperless software document storage systems, we can now breathe a whole lot easier and keep our desks a lot cleaner!
The Virtual Realty Group is dedicated to leading the way for Greener Real Estate business practices.
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