We are committed to making environmental stewardship a core part of our business strategy with active commitment from company leaders, and a willingness to change the way we do business by looking at all projects and decisions with an eye toward the environment.
The software products we represent are the initial steps in moving away from the overwhelming amount of paper charts and records in your practice. This reduction will dramatically reduce your carbon footprint and allow you to operate more efficiently. For example, it takes more than 1 1/2 cups of water to make a single sheet of paper. Over 40% of wood pulp goes toward the production of paper. Reducing paper use reduces greenhouse gases: 40 reams of paper is like 1.5 acres of pine forest absorbing carbon for a year. Even with recycling efforts, paper makes up over 25% of America's landfills.
The hardware products we represent meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR 4.0 standards as a standard feature. Currently, very few electronics companies report detailed analysis of carbon emissions at each phase of production at the product level, so it's impossible to compare the carbon footprint for each of our new products with those of our competitors. We can assist your practice in becoming compliant with ISO 14001. It is a voluntary international standard that establishes the requirements for an organization's environmental management system (EMS). The ISO 14001 standard helps a company manage the environmental impact of its operations in a systematic way that is integrated with overall business management processes.
In the event of destruction of paper records or obsolete hardware, we employ services that insure 100% recycling so that nothing ever reaches a landfill. All the e-waste we collect is processed in the United States, and nothing is shipped overseas for disposal. This approach meets the requirements of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal. In addition to annual compliance audits of our recycling vendors, we review the performance of their downstream vendors. Recyclers must comply with all applicable health and safety laws, and we do not allow the use of prison labor at any stage of the recycling process. Our recycling program does not allow the disposal of hazardous electronic waste in solid-waste landfills or incinerators, including waste-to-energy incinerators.
What does all this mean to you? By going to a digital process, you will join thousands of other businesses making a major impact on the world around us, leaving a legacy for future generations.