Recently, it's been common for me to see footers like the one below on emails around the Firm where I work:
It's gotten me thinking, always a bad idea, I must admit. And I realized that paper isn't the only resource that we should be mindful of.
And with that, I created a new footer for my email account.
Please consider storage concerns when creating useless email footers. Simply having a standard footer of useless text and a cute graphic will gobble up an extra kilobyte of space per email. This requires additional storage per email (assuming that your email is saved as an intact document, and not compressed using pattern deduplication). These extra bytes add up to buying additional storage capacity on the server for storing the emails, extra electricity to spin those disks and keep them cool, and is compounded by needing to keep backups and disaster recovery.
People who put unnecessarily long footers on their email are effectively killing the planet a little with every email they send. They may as well be barbecuing baby seals over a California redwood bonfire.
Please paste this into the signature line of all your emails to help raise awareness to this important issue.