Archive for July, 2011

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Dear Pablo: Since Netflix is raising rates it got me thinking about choosing between streaming and receiving DVD’s in the mail. Which is better from an environmental perspective. Streaming a movie or having the DVD sent to me?

Netflix announced its new price structure last week, decoupling postal delivery service plans ($11.99 unlimited, 2 films at a time) and online streaming service plans ($7.99). In past articles I have been asked “is it better to use a mail-order service or to drive to the store?“, “what is the environmental impact of the internet?“, and “what was the impact of Netflix’s first billion DVDs?” To answer this question I will combine these different questions to help you choose the best environmental option…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Dear Pablo: Help! My company has 50,000 people in 300 offices around the world and sends out its annual report to each and every one of them! What is the environmental impact of this?

On the one hand it is great that your company is engaging with every single employee by sharing its annual report with them, but you can’t help but cringe at the environmental footprint of producing and shipping 50,000 annual reports. First, let’s explore the impact of producing the reports, then delivering them, and finally, let’s look at what your company could do better…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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