Environmentally friendly paperless shopping


In the last century, we looked back at the 19th Century, with its smoky factories, harsh working conditions, and polluted landscapes and felt pretty good about ourselves. Now, nearly 20 years into the 21st Century, we realize we also took a wrong path.

Our population soared and living standards (mostly) climbed too. But we don’t have a spare planet next door to move in to. Just this one. We didn’t live sustainably and now there are consequences. Melting ice caps and disappearing glaciers are a reality. You can go see it for yourself. We might argue about the exact causes, or what we should do about it but doing nothing isn’t an option.

But here’s the problem: It’s hard to get people to give things up they love, especially if it’s a long-held habit.

And individual protest gestures, however well-meaning, might not be enough. Flying in first-class or on private jets to attend climate change events aren’t especially helpful either. So, while the political argument rumbles on, technology and our personal choices are our best hope for making real changes right now. 

That’s where Kimbono comes in.  Kimbono, as we will see fixes the current problem of paper- based retail marketing: Flyers, catalogs, leaflets etc.

Do you realize how much deforestation making paper creates? Next time you pick up a flyer, a paper well-meaning or a catalog, think about these statistics:

Making Paper= Deforestation

·   Making just 500 sheets of paper  produces 4.59 lbs of CO2.

Recycling paper actually generates pollution. This happens in transporting to and    from the recycling sites, and in cleaning and storing the paper.

·         You can only recycle paper up to a maximum of around 7 times. 

Forests are the lungs of our planet. They are the home of many endangered species. We are destroying trees and wiping out species every year through our use of paper, which accounts for about 1% of our total global carbon footprint. 

 Even managed forests are an issue. You need a lot of energy to manage forests. Often fossil fuel energy is used, to manage the planting, cutting, transportation, storage, and processing of trees. Forestry is a dangerous business too. It has one of the worst serious injury rates of any industry.

 As we have just seen, making paper is also costly in energy and can create pollution. Then that paper needs moving to where printing takes place. Then often several more movements to get it to the end customer.  

The very worst is delivery to people’s homes, especially as mailshots which go straight into the garbage. Usually along with the paper envelopes and wrappers.

Useless paper products, great environment effect

Just think about that last point. Just to cap it all, lots of brochures, catalogs leaflets and flyers end up in the garbage at the warehouse, shop, venue or house before anyone actually reads them.

Too many brochures and catalogs get printed, or they go out of date, or no one is interested in their contents. That’s enormously and ridiculously wasteful. It’s also unnecessary. 100 years from now, our descendants will think we were all crazy. Especially when they hear about climate change protesters using paper flyers, stickers and posters!

Do something practical and save money too

Kimbino was created to eliminate paper use in shopping. It’s a practical and workable ecological step, not just a fashionable gesture. It really does eliminate all the negative impacts of paper use.

Most importantly, people who use it gain access to discount prices too.

Go paperless, go Kimbono!

Kimbono is a website that means you instantly gain access to the latest catalogs and flyers for the stores that you most likely are already buying from.  There’s also a Kimbono app that runs on your Android smartphone.

The big difference with Kimbino is that you access an online catalog as opposed to using any of the wasteful paper formats.

Everyone likes a genuine discount. So, why not save time and money by using the same devices that you already use every day – mobile phones and tablets. All you need is a mobile device to use the Kimbino app or just visit the website.

It’s a win for you and a win for the environment.

How Kimbino works

Kimbono was launched in 2018 in the Australian market. Today it’s well established worldwide, with a presence in 30 plus other countries. It’s not a company e-commerce site, rather it’s a vendor-neutral free Android-based service that anyone in Australia can register for.

The Kimbino Home Page

The team behind Kimbino are on a worldwide  mission to create a totally paperless buying world. They want to avoid the waste of flyers, brochures, leaflets and all the rest of the unnecessary  paper that you still see around..

Kimbino also saves time – because you don’t have to go get the flyers or wait for them to be sent to you.

Some of the Australian stores Kimbino covers.

Plus of course, Kimbino saves money as you can compare offers and also grab any bargains that you see.

One useful feature is city selection. You can narrow down your search to your local area

Kimbino lets you narrow your search to your local area to save time and money.

That means you don’t have to waste time looking at brochures and flyers that are in towns and cities far away from you.

By the way, how much wasted time and money – and damage to the environment – happens with shopping trips when you end up not buying?

Kimbono helps solves that problem too.

All in all, it’s a much smarter way to shop.

The Kimbino site is simple and fast. Paper catalogs and flyers are published in high-quality digital formats, with useful and timely  information about campaigns and discount periods. Most importantly, processes are paperless.

Best buys, special promotions, and all the great top deals are shown. That means customers don’t miss out on special promotions or bargains.

The Australian site and app has more than 450 catalogs and flyers.  

These cover categories including supermarkets, fashion, sports, electronics, gardening, home improvement, health and more.

Flyers on Kimbino are always kept fully up to date.

Most importantly the user is not bombarded with those really annoying ads as some sites do.

Kimbono is not e-commerce

E-commerce means buying goods online, without actually seeing them or trying them out. You know who we are talking about.

That’s OK for some things but not so smart for others. Kimbono is great to give you shopping ideas, which you can then check out for yourself. Here are some examples where Kimbono is smarter than online purchasing:

·         Shoes and clothes: Is it smart to order a pair of shoes or any tight-fitting clothes online without trying them out. Yes, some people do but it is a risk

·         Furniture: Is it smart to buy a bed or chair or a couch without seeing it close up and trying it out? It might look great on an e-commerce site but the real thing could be a letdown for quality or comfort

·         Electronics: Why on earth would you buy expensive loudspeakers without hearing their quality first?  or a higher-end TV without seeing what the picture was like?

These are just a few examples of when Kimbono is a better and smarter choice than online buying.   


Kimbino is a simple but great idea. Eliminate the environmental damage of paper-based shopping and save time and money too. Browse online for deals and bargains and stop the destruction, or damaging forestry practices needed to create paper. Go paperless.

It’s a win-win for everyone.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of Ways2GoGreen.com and Ways2GoGreenBlog.com. I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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