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Tag of the Week: Green Light for 2D Symbology

2D bar codes are typically only discussed when it comes to advertising and marketing. I believe there is much potential for 2D bar codes when applied to sustainability. Tags can reduce wasteful paper products such as text books, ski trail maps, and technical manuals.

If you are not yet familiar with a 2D bar code, here is a brief overview.

2D symbology is growing in popularity. Most people are familiar with the 1D vertical striped code because it has been prevalent throughout the retail industry for many years.  Microsoft Tag, and the QR code are two examples of a 2D symbology.  

The 2D bar code is a graphical image that utilizes both vertical and horizontal lines, creating a much greater storage capacity than the original 1D barcode. These 2D bar codes can be scanned with most any smartphone to retrieve information about the product it is found on.

Can you think of some other potential green uses for 2D codes such as the Microsoft Tag?

By Bret daCosta

The above artwork was designed by Bret daCosta.   You can see more of his work at http://www.2dartcode.com/  Use the Tag Reader app http://gettag.mobi to read 2D Logo Tags by daCosta, Microsoft Tag, QR Codes and NFC.

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0 #4 JohnGraham 2012-04-21 04:10
If every product had a QR code we could work out its origin, business model, resource sustainability etc etc and decide if we want to buy or not from a company which is ripping off the world's resources, damaging the environment or exploiting its people. The
+1 #3 Randy 2012-01-07 23:05
Marine Products in salt lake city has 16 MSTAGS By DACOSTA
we use them everyday for sales events, contests, and inventory management. they work if you monitor them aggressively, and keep them updated with new content.
rhett wagner
+1 #2 rhett wagner 2012-01-07 20:39
Don't know much about the technology but I would assume you could use them for many different applications. Any way that technology can help save our forests and clean air supply is definately a positive for us and future generations.
0 #1 QRandGO 2012-01-07 10:03
Yes, 2D codes are really green! You can save paper, solvents, ink and time. For examples where 2D codes can help save the planet go to our webpage: www.qrandgo.com and see our S-Marketing page.