Have you ever thought about how much paper is used to generate invoices, bills, and receipts? Consider these statistics:
Australians use 1.7 million tonnes of printing and writing paper. At an estimated 24 trees per tonne, this amount of paper uses up the equivalent of tens of millions of trees (Paperless Alliance, 2010).
A company issuing 100 bills a month can conserve the greenhouse gas equivalent of 7 trees planted and grown for 10 years by using direct debit (PayItGreen, Green Calculator).
If one million people went paperless for just one account, we would save almost 455,000kg of carbon dioxide each year (G Magazine, The Best of Green, 2010).
According to PayItGreen.org, for a business with 100 customers billed monthly, direct debiting fees instead of issuing paper statements for 1 year can conserve the equivalent of:
- 15.2 kg of paper saved
- 41.3 litres of gas saved by not mailing bills
- 271.7 kg of greenhouse gases avoided
- 7 trees planted (and grown for 10 years)
- 7.7 square metres of forest preserved from deforestation.
As a business you can make a positive impact on the environment by using direct debit, web, and phone payments instead of conventional paper bills. Read more about our electronic payment services.