How TitlePlus! Does "Green" Business

Being Green

We believe in:

Being paper(less)

Contracts, mortgages, and deeds mean paper - lots of it - but we scan and shred the stacks when we're done. For security and easy access, we store digital copies in three places: office server, off-site hard drive, and in the so-called 'cloud'.  Digital storage translates into empty shelves.

A few lenders favor 'e-signing' which lets borrowers close with a mouse instead of a pen. We've been doing these for a few years.  Talk about paperless!  We predict more of this to come

Reusing

Plastic bags are taboo, but when we end up with some, we try to use them over and over.  We don’t like Styrofoam peanuts either, but when they come in a package we take them to one of the local shipping stores for reuse.  And thanks to going paperless, we haven't bought a file folder or paperclip in years.

We cobble together and swap out IT devices instead of throwing them away.  But when one of them reaches the end of its life or has been cannibalized to oblivion, we turn it in to Staples (minus its hard drive, of course).  Even a hard drive wiped of its data is a security risk, so we take out the drives and hold onto them, although dwell magazine (see the February, 2011 issue) suggests drilling them into a Swiss cheese lookalike or smashing them to smithereens with a sledgehammer.

Recycling

When we can’t reuse, we have an ongoing campaign to separate and recycle – and the shelves and containers to prove it.  Our recycling shelves are where our paper files used to be.  And our containers are reused cardboard boxes which themselves are recycled when they wear out.

We still have to print and copy papers to sign, but that doesn’t mean we have to chuck a spent toner cartridge into the trash.  Instead, we send it back to its source so we or someone else can buy it again reloaded.

Did you know that the 1962 Webster's New World Dictionary doesn’t even list the word 'recycle'?  Today's concept of recycling didn't really take off until the 1970s, almost a decade after Lady Bird Johnson's highway beautification and anti-litter campaign.

Fact: According to dwell, recycled glass bottles and aluminum cans are usually turned into new bottles and cans, but recycled plastic containers are normally turned into non-recyclable secondary products like textiles.  Makes you think twice about all those plastic bottles being toted around.

 

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