This blog was originally published on the Idfy blog on 15 December 2018. Signicat acquired Idfy in July 2019, and Idfy is now a core part of the Signicat team.
Have you heard the saying every time someone plays Nickelback, a kitten dies? That's only a meme, but here's one that's not: every time you print a contract just to sign it, the rainforest gets smaller. It’s not just a fact. It is scary.
The earliest proof of paper being used was recently discovered at an ancient Egyptian harbour by the Red Sea. It shows that humans have been using paper for more than 5500 years. And even though there's no need to use paper at all in a modern business environment, we still do. In Norway alone, we print a stack of paper equivalent of 5000 Eiffel towers on top of each other – every year! That's a lot of rainforest.
There are many excuses for using paper. It's so tactile. It's better to read, less strain on the eyes. It doesn't run out of battery and so forth. Of course paper has its use. A great book by the fire. Or cosying up with a huge legal document, if you’re that kind of person.
How many times have you dealt with someone requiring a signature on paper? Print this document, scan it or take a picture of it, print it again, return three copies and make sure Bob at accounting gets one. And if the document to be signed is 40 pages long, how many people print the entire document instead of just the last page?
There is no need for this crazy way of doing things anymore. Idfy provides a secure and convenient way to sign any kind of document using digital signatures. Not only is it easier for you, the customer, accounting, the IT department and the mailman (and his back!). It's also easier on the environment.
So what do you say? Would you like to get more time on your hands, enable your employees to do real work and save some money while saving the rainforest? Contact Signicat today, and we’ll show you the future with digital signatures. It's here already.
Sven is the Vice President of Customer Success at Signicat.
December 15 2018