All of us are being encouraged to pursue a lifestyle that conserves resources. This doesn‘t mean doing without, but rather recognizing the need to rethink the way we use limited resources – in both our personal and professional lives. Portable Document Format (PDF) files and digital signatures offer businesses a tremendous opportunity for reducing their ecological footprints.
The ecological footprint represents the amount of biologically productive areas on Earth required to produce and sustain a given population’s lifestyle and standard of living. Currently, the Earth needs more than one and a half years to cover one year’s amount of human consumption. Put another way, we, on average, are taking too much from the Earth, leaving it unable to regenerate quickly enough to ensure ecological balance and biocapacity.
This means that we must take action in all facets of our lives. For example, we can save paper and toner with every document we open electronically and do not print. And those of us who use digital signatures at work also help ensure that fewer documents need to be printed in order to be signed by hand.
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Naturally, the editing, saving and sending of PDF files also require energy, of which we human beings have only a limited supply. This is yet another area in which we should all work as sparingly as possible with what resources are available. This means giving special attention to minimizing and generating only the amount of data that is actually required.
Adobe has a website with a calculator that lets you estimate the amount of paper you can save and how you can reduce your carbon footprint by using e-signatures instead of paper agreements. It only takes a few entries to reveal the potential savings that lie hidden away.
PDF files can be opened and displayed on any computer regardless of platform type or operating system. And best of all, the formatting always looks and remains the same. Like no other file format, PDF has gained acceptance as the de facto standard and will remain invaluable in the future, especially when in business and commerce.
Although using PDF is just one action that can be taken to reduce the ecological footprint, it is a significant step in the right direction. It is with products such as webPDF that we help companies go even further with this one step.
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