What Makes USB Flash Drives Eco-Friendly
You may have a vague idea of how flash drives are eco-friendly since their storage method is digital in nature. However, you may not realize that there are multiple shades of “green” that color the environmentally savvy components of USB drive usage. The two primary ways a flash drive can reduce your carbon footprint is one—through the daily applications you use it for and two—through its design. Think you can’t make an impact through the custom USB drive choice that you make? We’ll show you that you can.
It’s no secret that going digital can help save a ton of paper. But you may not realize just how much. With a simple 1GB flash drive, you could store close to 1,000 25-page documents. For a 16GB flash drive, you can hold roughly over 14,000 25-page documents which, according to The Leading Technical Association for the Worldwide Pulp, Paper and Converting Industry, could calculate to saving the paper produced from more than three trees!
By distributing promotional flash drives to clients or other members of your target audience, you’re saving excess paper printing as well as keeping your budget intact. Physical marketing materials, catalogs and brochures can be eliminated when they can be stored on a flash drive. People are more inclined to throw papers away or stash them in a pile when compared to taking advantage of a useful storage device packed with interactive features.
Furthermore, as a green promotional tool, USB flash drives are not a use-once item since they double as a user’s own pocket-sized data library. Unlike a promotional balloon, flyer, disposable water bottle or other branded food item, the versatility of flash drives helps to stretch everyone’s buck—as well as that of the environment.
Custom flash drives can also be created in an earth-friendly way. The body of the device can be made from recycled and sustainable materials, such as wood or bamboo USB drives. For example, bamboo grows at an incredible rate without a lot of water—making it a renewable resource for homes, floors, furniture, jewelry and now flash drives.
The body of your eco-friendly USB drive can also be made from recycled paper. By reusing materials that have already been produced, you lower the demand for less green materials like metal or rubber.
Sometimes you just can’t get around the need to use a specific custom USB drive material in order to achieve your desired look or sell the right message. This doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to reduce your carbon footprint through the kind of printing you choose.
Traditional inks used in color printing can be wasteful because there is always an excess amount in the process that does not make it to the surface of your flash drive. What’s more is that they are made from dyes, chemicals and water, which take additional energy and resources to produce. Laser engraving flash drives cuts out that entire production process. It is completed by our design and assembly team with the use of a laser head connected to a computer system.
Just like the choices you make it running water, using electricity, participating in recycling, there is always a creative way to minimize the environmental impact of technology.
What are your thoughts on eco-friendly custom USB flash drives? Does your carbon footprint factor into how you choose a product?