Environment

Paper Reduction Project (PrP) Coming Soon!

With most of the population living in the digital era, the idea of paper reduction comes naturally. Why would print on paper when you can show it on a screen? With 64 % of American adults owning a smartphone and 82 % having access to the Internet, paper transmitted documents should have reduced proportionately. Unfortunately, it is not the case; many businesses still give paper receipts instead of sending them by electronic methods.

Quick Facts

Contains BPA

Thermal Paper (the material in which paper receipts are made) is coated by a BPA envelope which is non-environmental friendly.

1/2 Adults in Favor

One adult on two would prefer to have all its receipts digitally. They are easier to find back when you need them and they take less space. Plus it saves threes!

Cost Reducer

A small business spend in average 300 £ a month just in paper! And we are only talking about a retail store. If that store could convince all its clients that have access to the internet to choose electronic receipts it would save 250 £ a month. That means 3 000 £ a year in savings!

How to Make a Change?

Ask About It

Ask your local stores if they heard about the technology. If more and more clients start to ask the businesses to make a green change, the change will finish by happening.

Find Local Stores

Find local stores that are environmentally friendly and are actively protecting the nature. Then encourage them by shopping there more often.

Install the System

It's free and it's what your clients want. Do you need support for configuring the system? See our pricing.

Be Listed

Get listed in our database so clients know you are an ecological business.

Offer the e-Bill

Offer your clients the choice for e-Bill at the moment of transaction.

 Save paper, save trees, save the planet! 

Business Model

Since the program aims to make a real difference for the environment by reducing paper consumption and thus to allow everyone (legal entity, business, and individuals) equal chances to use the program, the program is released open sourced under the GNU AGPLv3 license . That means the program is "free" in the sense that all codes are provided "as-is", but without any warranties of any kind. In order to develop the program and offer a turnkey solution, we opt for the professional open-source business model. That means that we sell professional services such as technical support, application hosting and marketing services.

Summary

Open-Source Free Software

Paid Support

Paid as needed, if you want support from us.

Paid Hosting

If you choose to be hosted on our servers, a monthly fee will be charged, with an open contract (that means you can cancel any time without penalties). You can also host the program yourself, or use the service from anyone that offers it.

Paid Marketing

If you want to be listed on our website as an official eco-business, a small monthly fee will be charged.

Install the Software

To install the software you have three choices:

1

You get the free open-source and you configure it on your server.

2

You choose the turnkey solution we offering and let the automated set-up configure it all for you

3

You find someone that will host it and/or configure it for you.

Choice 1

he software is distributed with the open source model, but its configuration must be set up by the host (in this occurrence, your business). In order to comply with the General Public Licence (GPL), the program is distributed with a building script. The only support that can be provided along with the code and the building script is the ideal system specifications required to run the program.

As defined in the licence terms, one has the absolute right to use any support of its choice, whether the support is provided by an internal or an external resource.

Choice 2

This option gives your company a turnkey solution by offering a stress-free automated installation with provided support. A set-up will configure the system to meet your requirements.

Choice 3

Some re-sellers may propose hosting, configuration and/or support services for a fee or for free. One is perfectly entitled to use such services. However, please note that no support can be provided from us once a business chooses an external provider.

 In open source, we feel strongly that to really do something well, you have to get a lot of people involved. 
— Linus Torvalds

Be Listed

In all proposed monthly plans is included an online registration for being displayed as an eco-business. This provides a marketing advantage by increasing your visibility and by telling your clients that your company is actively making an effort for a greener, safer planet.

Your business may also be mentioned as an eco-business with the simple proof it is using the software. A small monthly will be charged for the service.

An alternative method we offer is a front-door sticker to tell your clients that your business is using the Paper Reduction Project (PrP). This will grant your business one year of free listing on our website. Please note that a proof that the system is implemented will be requested prior to receiving a sticker and being listed.

Finally, your business is entitled to use, free of any charge, the logo and the name on its website under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 licence.

To see the procedure for being verified business, please see the “Get authenticated” section.

Grass
Horizon

Offer the e-Bill

Is the software configured and fully operable? If so, your business is ready to make a change for the environment by proposing to your clients the electronic bill (e-bill). As an incentive for your clients to make an eco-responsible action, you can mention the following advantages:

1

Easy: It is easy to classify and access the bills everywhere an internet connection is available;

2

Eco-responsible: The clients take active participation in the preservation of our planet, by choosing the electronic bill;

3

The bills last longer: Thermal paper loses its ink retention after some time whereas electronic bills last forever;

4

More secure: With built-in security measures such as encrypted connection and encrypted files, the bills that are hosted with this software are safe. It is far more secure than a paper bill which everyone could eavesdrop on.

Also, offering the e-Bill is a non-restrictive option, meaning that your business can always offer traditional paper billing if a client requests so.

The service should be offered at each transaction, and before the payment. Once a payment is completed, the employee in charge of the transaction can initiate the e-Bill creation and send it.

Why Open-Source?

We are true believers of what Linus Torvalds said: “ In open source, we feel strongly that to really do something well, you have to get a lot of people involved. ” We want businesses to use this software and for that to happen, businesses should be able to adapt and resell the software.

We also think that giving this software for free makes it a true incentive to make a change in the market. The “copyleft” concept really is the main idea of the project, because it is as a collectivity that we will make a real difference for the environment. With the improvement of the Internet technology as a method of fast and reliable communication, businesses of all sizes and citizens have been able to communicate much better. In a shared economy era, we believe that we can achieve at creating a much better world each little steps at a time. It starts with simple actions and projects, such as the Paper Reduction Project (PrP), and who knows where it will take us?

Paper Reduction Project (PrP) is not a breakthrough; electronic bills have existed since a long time, especially with the rise of e-commerce. Unfortunately, many stores have not yet implement an electronic bill solution. The concept came to our mind after realising how much paper just a corner store could use. Even for a small business, such as a local pharmacy, up to 25 US Letter pages could be printed for a single client. With an average of 3,4 printed pages per client, and about 100 clients a day (sometimes even more), that makes 340 printed pages a day. That gives you nearly 125 000 printed pages a year.

On an economical aspect, this model will not be sustainable for businesses competing against the electronic market. Since paper has a cost and ink too, the only logic decision would be to change business model for a more, electronic oriented model.

Environmental Impact

To get a sense of how this solution can reduce the environmental impact, we compared the actual situation to what paper reduction project could lead on maximised conditions1. In the optimisation where all 82 % of the clients that have access to the Internet would opt-in for the electronic bills, here are the conclusions that can be observed:

FactorF Actual ConditionsA.C. Maximised ConditionsM.C. % Saved%
Wood Consumption (tons)1 12 2 83 %
CO2 Mass (kg)2 8 401,89 5 857,69 30 %
Water Consumption (liters)3 286 082,51 170 926,49 40 %

Legend

Symbol Name
F Factor
1 Wood Consumption (tons)
2 CO2 Mass (kg)
3 Water Consumption (liters)
A.C. Actual Conditions
M.C. Maximised Conditions
 

1 All data were recovered from http://environmentalpaper.org .

Quick Facts

83 %

Protect raw natural resources by reducing your wood consumption by up to 83 %.

2 500 kg

You care for the global warming? Reduce by up to 2 500 kg / retail store your CO2 emissions.

115 000 liters

Some people barely have a liter of water for themselves a day! You could prevent up to 115 000 liters / retail store of water from being used for industrial purposes!

Further Reduce Ecological Footprint

Now that the system is installed you are on a good way to reduce your ecological footprint. However, this solution does not allow to completely stop the use of paper, so here is a list of further methods to reduce the consumption of paper:

  • Duplex printing: When possible, try to print on both sides of the paper to reduce your consumption by half.
  • Monochrome printing: Print with laser monochrome printer. Doing so will get your business a cost-effective solution that is more durable and less polluting than ink printing or colour printing.
  • Electronic documents: The principal approach of this project is to reduce the quantity of physical documents that are transmitted. Take this idea one step further by transmitting other documents via Internet. For example, instead of give information flyers to its clients, a company may choose to email those. This could be part of a second part to this project, but for now there is no official announcement.
  • Recycled Paper: Use recycled paper! Beware as there are multiple rates of recycled paper. Make sure to use 100 % recycled paper to really make a difference.
  • Plastic Bags: No plastic bags, please! Propose reusable bags, but avoid giving plastic bags. This is one of the major threats for the environment. If you are really forced to use plastic bags, then charge a small dissuasive fee (like 5 ¢ or 10 ¢) and use biodegradable bags. Also make sure they are BPA free!

Remember that the more you are involved in your efforts for the environment, the more your customers will be.

Go Beyond…

Want to go even further than these examples? Here are a few ideas you may like:

  • Offer a discount for the clients that travel to you store by foot, public transport or bike. This take the environmental initiative outside your commerce.
  • Have recycle bins available for your clients. When they’ll see them, they might choose to recycle what they have to throw instead of putting it to waste.
  • Organise public events to sensibilise your clients to the environment. For instance, do a public Earth’s Day event where you invite your clients to do a small walk to promote the environment. This will fidelise your clients in addition of making a real difference.
  • Help your employees using green transportation methods by giving them a reduction on public transport passes or having a easy-to-use and safe bike parking.
  • If you own your building, or if you have the right to do work, make sure your building respects environmental norms. In addition, making sure you use reusable energy, such as solar panels and geothermal electricity is a good way to reduce your resources consumption.

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