Save the planet through sustainable web design

Sustainability culture and sustainability thinking have gone mainstream, both on and off the web. Earth tones flicker on more and more screens, and 'green web hosts' are the latest trend in the hosting community. But as designers deliver a green message, their own work has remained curiously removed from the discussion. It is as if sustainability, often cited as critical to our survival, simply does not apply to the internet.

In the real world, Earth Day comes in April. It has yet to arrive on the web. Every day, more and more products and services move online, casting aside their physical shell for a new life in bits and bytes. Is this a good thing? Is the virtual world greener than the physical one? Is the web sustainable?

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Total Transfer Size700kb1000kb42%
HTTP requests759020%
Custom webfonts used2%10%500%
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MaterialsSoftware and visual assets
ManufacturingDesign and development
PackagingUploaded to the internet
DistributionDownloaded through the network
UsageInteraction, user experience, completing tasks
DisposalData erased from client

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