Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Earth Class Mail - Sustainable & Responsible Business of the Week

Can you imagine a life without all that annoying junk mail? Earth Class Mail can! By offering online post office boxes, "Earth Class Mail is changing how postal mail is delivered, for the betterment of individuals, businesses, national post offices, and most importantly – the planet. Instead of making physical postal deliveries which are so dependent on fuel for planes and trucks, we deliver postal mail online - where people can deal with it instantly, anywhere in the world."

How does it work? Customers "log-in to view pictures of their mail and decide what they want to do with each piece. For example, they can choose which pieces to have opened and scanned so they can read them online, and which to recycle, archive, or have sent to them in “snail mail” form wherever they are located." You can also identify certain pieces to automatically be delivered (such as bills).

Studies report that the average person recycles perhaps 20% of her mail, while Earth Class Mail customers recycle more than 90% of their mail. We expect to have recycled more than 5 tons of paper a month by the end of this year alone. In 2008, our goal is to recycle more than 200 tons of paper. For every ton of paper we recycle, we reduce the marginal air pollution generated by new paper production by 74%, and water pollution by 35%.


Anonymous said...

I can certainly attest to the coolness and convenience factor of Earth Class Mail. I've been using it for my businesses for 4 or 5 months now and it definitely lives up to its billing. I would estimate I recycle approximately 98% of my mail. It's amazing how little mail is actually needed in it's physical form.
There is a preliminary psychological battle I had to go through to wean myself from the security of having my paper mail.

I wrote a review about my experience if you're interested:

Anonymous said...

Have you tried a similar site http://www.privatebox.co.nz?
They have a similar service and you can read the mail online! Its great if you are more concerned for your privacy.

Rachel Pastirik said...

We've used it for one year and love it too. Read our review, from the paperless business perspective at: http://www.netdrafter.com/blog/support/no-more-snail-mail/

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