Friday, December 10, 2010

WWF is presenting a new unprintable PDF format to save trees

WWF came up with an interesting idea that will help us to save paper: An unprintable new PDF format, which is named after them -WWF.

Why we need a new PDF that can't be printed? They explain:

Every day, entire forests are cut down to make paper. Paper that’s senselessly used to print out documents all over the world: websites, emails, even entire books, in spite of the fact that it's easy to avoid printing by saving the document as a PDF. But even PDFs can sometimes also be printed out. So to stop unnecessary printing and encourage a new awareness about the use of paper, we’ve developed a new, green file format: WWF. A format that can’t be printed out. A simple idea that saves trees. Join in. Decide for yourself which of your documents don’t need printing - and save them as WWF.

You can download the new WWF format from their website, though at the moment it is only avilavle for Macs (it should be available to Windows soon).

I like this idea. We definitely print too many files than we really have to, and these sort of formats can make it easier on us to decide not to print, simply because we can't.. What do you think? Will you be using the WWF? We'll be happy to hear your thoughts about it.

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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