Could you go Google-less for a month?

Print Hut  have decided to do exactly this for the whole of March 2013 as a protest against Google’s ‘Go Paperless’ campaign.

They have been inspired by a letter written by Two Sides to Mr Eric Schmidt of Google highlighting their concerns that Google and other companies are trying to show themselves as being “environmentally preferable to print and paper whereas there is significant evidence that electronic communication, and Google’s activities in particular, carry a significant and increasing environmental footprint.”

The letter pulls up some facts about Google’s environmental impacts: Google uses 2.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, and this would power 207,000 US homes for one year or about 41 Empire State Buildings. The Go Google-less campaign argues that, on balance, print and paper can be a sustainable way to communicate.

Print Hut have decided that if Google go paperless in 2013 then they will go Google-less in March and will be abiding to the following rules:

  • Not use Google as their preferred browsing tool
  • No uploads to their YouTube channel
  • Not use Google maps
  • Not use Google images
  • No Gmail emails will be sent

You can join them or support them in their mission on their Facebook page.


who do you support?

Where do you stand in this argument? Do you think it’s just each side clearly trying to support their own industry, or does one side have more of a point?

We would love to know how you think you would get on not using Google.


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