Reducing paper wastage and your carbon footprint with ePaper displays
‘Going green’ is becoming increasingly attractive to people and businesses worldwide, with consumers now choosing brands based on their social and environmental impact. We’re seeing a general drive towards society becoming more environmentally friendly fuelled by a greater societal awareness and understanding around the impact of global warming. Many businesses are now committed, more than ever, to conserving and protecting the earth’s natural resources to help decrease pollution levels and lower its carbon footprint. This is a trend we’re seeing across a number of industries and sectors.
Paper vs. ePaper: The ‘greenest solution’ for a sustainable future?
Paper waste is one of the key contributors to society’s environmental woes, with it being deemed the third largest polluter of air, water and soil in the US alone. While ramping up recycling efforts is important and may help to some degree, it doesn’t necessarily stop the paper from reaching the landfill sites and emitting toxic gases during production.
However, ePaper is a long-life, reusable, eco-friendly solution to paper that eliminates all forms of paper consumption and waste, therefore minimising the adverse effects on the environment and making it a worthy alternative across a range of applications and use cases.
Jet-setting with ‘green’ ePaper displays
ePaper displays have found a home in the high-end luggage sector, replacing the traditional printed paper luggage tags that are typically tied to our suitcase handles during flight check-in, to display vital flight information. These ePaper luggage tags can be reused and refreshed (for example via NFC or a smartphone to name but two) for multiple flights, providing a green solution to paper and minimising the impact to the environment. But it’s benefits to consumers are far-reaching.
These ePaper luggage tags make the bag-drop procedure a lot more seamless and efficient for travellers, allowing for a much faster check-in. In addition, travellers are also able to track their baggage much more efficiently, with real time, global tracking. Built-in GPS, GSM and WiFi pinpoints a suitcase’s precise location within seconds and minimises the fear of lost or delayed luggage.
Finally, many ePaper luggage tags on the market have a built-in weighing scale to avoid the embarrassment of unpacking your suitcase at the check-in desk in attempt to bring the weight down. With this, travellers won’t have to worry about any overweight fee surprises, either.
A ‘green’ game-changer for the events industry
Blendology’s innovative professional networking conference badges are yet another good example of an ePaper display helping to reduce paper waste. Not only can conference goers reuse Blendology’s networking badges at different conferences and events (which is not really feasible with traditional paper badges) they no longer need to print or exchange business cards with one another. Using the oneTap technology, attendees simply tap their badges to gather each other’s contact information. So now, companies can build real life connections and online networks, without impacting the environment.
The environmental impact of paper is significant and businesses around the world are becoming increasingly focused on addressing these issues head on. At Plastic Logic, we’re committed to encouraging a sustainable, eco-friendly environment, with our ePaper displays enabling a reduction in paper waste and allowing companies worldwide to reduce their carbon footprint.
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