Marketing on the internet allows many people the opportunity to earn a significant income with minimal business costs. At second glance it seems that online marketers are also able to minimize environmental damage by using the internet as their business platform. In fact upon closer inspection doing business online is one of the best ways to go green and while still making a positive contribution to the economy.

Here are 5 indisputable reasons why online marketers are able to spare the planet any additional environmental damage.


When working on the internet all records are store on the computer hard drive. This eliminates the need for paper thereby allowing many trees to breath easier as a result. This also reduces the amount of waste that goes into our landfills.

Products Leave No Trail

A vast majority of the products offered on the internet are digital in nature. Here again the need to use energy and some type of natural resource by-products in the production process is vastly reduced as is waste disposal.

No Commute

Since much of the business is conducted over the internet there is little or no requirement of an actual 'physical' presence on anybody's part. This helps to reduce the need any commute to and from which in turn reduces and in some cases eliminates fuel consumption. Along with a decrease in consumption comes a reduction of pollutants being released into the atmosphere thereby minimizing any further environmental damage.

b>Advertising is Digital

Online marketers are called that for a reason. All advertising is generated and transmitted over the internet. The need for billboards, banners, flyers, or newspaper ads that typically litter our highways and landscape and eventually our landfills is eliminated. Online ads are digitally created and litter only the hard drives of a computer!

Transactions are Online

Online transactions are once again conducted in a 'digital' fashion where checkout is at a designated and secured website. Documentation of any transaction can be stored on a hard drive in which case there is no need for the use of any paper products. It must be noted however that printing out a receipt is an option that many choose but it is an option and is not mandatory.

There are many benefits to marketing on the internet but the most prominently spoken about ones have been concerning making an income. The minimal business costs associated with working online has dramatically lowered the financial barriers for everybody. Another significant benefit however of an internet based business formerly overlooked concerns a much bigger picture than personal achievements. The positive effect it has on the environment can not be denied as the 5 reasons cited above clearly explain. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a large corporation the argument for adopting an internet platform is a compelling one. In fact this shift to doing business online could be one of the best ways to go green.

Author's Bio: 

TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.
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