Your time on the internet helps makes the world greener in a variety of ways. This infographic highlights just a handful of ways that the Internet has helped make the world a tad greener.
Overall, this infographic notes that the internet has helped reduce the need for paper and plastic by 3137 million pounds. That’s over 10,000 blue whales!
The infographic starts with the ever-shrinking impact of music CDs being produced thanks to the massive increase in digital track sales over the past 10 years. Digital track sales have increased from 19 million tracks in 2003 to 1,172 million tracks last year – an increase of 6068%.
Beyond music, the rise of uploaded photos on sites like Facebook and Instagram have helped reduce the need for only printed photos as users store their photos on social sharing sites and not in their photo book.
Ebook sales surpassed print book sales for the first time last year. The availability of ebooks has saved 200 million pounds of paper.
The most jaw dropping change to the environment is the paper that is saved by the use of email. The number of letters mailed drop from 212 billion in 2007 to 168 billion in 2011.
These numbers seem very high, but that’s nothing compared to the fact that 294 billion emails are sent every day! It’s crazy to think that in just one day there are more emails sent than letters sent in all of 2007.