April 22, 2019

Environmental Consciousness When Destroying Your Data

Making your Business Security Practices Greener

Did you know that approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S alone? And did you know that 40 per cent of the waste that goes to landfills is still paper? Not only is this bad for the environment, but it also means there is a huge opportunity for fraudsters to get a hold of your information. This Earth Day (April 22), Shred-it is reminding you to make a difference and keep the planet, as well as your business secure. A quick look at some facts might make you think twice before you toss paper into the garbage bin again.

  • We have the ability to save 250 million trees each year, if all newspaper was recycled.
  • Old paper that is used to make new paper uses 65% less energy than making paper from trees.
  • Recycled paper produces 74 per cent less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.

With those stats in mind, let’s look at how you can keep your business secure and green.

One easy way to keep your office secure and the planet clean, is to implement a Shred-it All Policy at work. This policy is good for the office and good for the environment and requires all documents to be shredded when they are no longer needed. Documents that are safely put in Shred-it containers will not only eliminate waste, but this will also help keep confidential documents out of the wrong hands. All the paper, once shredded, is shipped to be recycled and all recycled paper is turned into everyday paper products. If documents are put into the garbage, rather than a secure Shred-it bin, then the risk of a data breach drastically increases, not to mention the damage this does to the planet. 

Our business is committed to secure recycling. All of Shred-it's consoles are made out of 100 per cent recycled wood particle boards. Shred-it also uses small, fuel-efficient trucks with idle-down technology to reduce emissions. Not to mention, all of Shred-it's trucks either meet or exceed all North American, UK, and European emission regulatory standards and use recycle, biodegradable hydraulic fluids.

If there’s one key takeaway from this blog post, it’s to remember that using Shred-it is good for business and good for the environment. To learn more fill out a form to get a free quote and security risk assessment.