When I first read about Googles Go Paperless in 2013? campaign I have to admit it didnt bother me. It isnt an anti-print industry stance or a direct attack on the paper industry.
January 9th 2013
by Deborah Corn, Print Media Center
When I first read about Googles Go Paperless in 2013? campaign I have
to admit it didnt bother me. It isnt an anti-print industry stance or a
direct attack on the paper industry. Its a marketing campaign to
promote the use of the cloud, and purchase cloud and other e-services
from their partners and by doing so you will save time, money and
trees. They cite printing receipts and expense reports and other such
office type desktop printing as the paper in the paperless part.
On the surface it seems harmless. Its marketing
there is a problem:
excessive desktop printing, they have a solution: cloud and e-services.
But after an intense conversation with my blog hero Mr. Tree from Dead Tree Edition,
he pointed out something very important Not wasting paper is
different from going paperless, especially if youre going paperless
because you think thats green. The Go Paperless campaign feeds the
masses ignorance about print and also takes advantage of it. The key
thing we need to do now is to send a message: If you make false
environmental claims about electronic media always being greener than
print, expect backlash. I totally agree.
Two Sides were first to jump in to set the record straight and sent GOOGLEs Chairman an open letter with
hard facts and figures on the environmental impact that GOOGLE has on
the world. In all honesty Im not on-board with any sort of attack on
the digital world. Its hypocritical not only personally but
professionally since I am a champion of cross-media marketing. I do
however have a huge problem with companies using greenwashing in their
marketing, and the ongoing public misperception that PAPER is not
The sole mission of Two-Sides is to change that perception. Others
have followed Two-Sides in public outcry, and I respect and support
those efforts, but I am going to put my full attention towards helping
Two-Sides get their message out because they speak for all of us, with a
clear and singular agenda.
As a member of the guerrilla faction of the Anti-Greenwashing Army,
its time to put some thought into fighting back, and doing it where it
will have the most impact. Shaking a fist at GOOGLE is certainly a David
and Goliath situation, but giving their partner companies some public heat for participating in this program is a great first step thanks Mr. Tree!
If you are on Twitter, the hashtag GOOGLE and their partners are
using is #paperless2013. Let them hear from us there. Make sure you
include the hashtag in all replies and RTs as well.
Ive never heard of most of the partners, but Constant Contact is
another story. I am going to reply to every correspondence I receive
through Constant Contact and advise the sender that they helping to pay
for greenwashing by using their service, and refer them to my awesome
email service ReachMail.
I will also unsubscribe from those communications until I am advised
the service has been discontinued. For added pressure, I will take to
the hashtag and let @ConstantContact know I have done that, in each instance.
More to follow I opened a Facebook Page: Say No To Paperless 2013 that I will get to setting up properly in a little bit, but please go over and like it and RANT AWAY!!!