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What does QR stand for in QR code anyway?

You’ve seen them around. They’re printed on paper business cards and a whole lot of other places now. Those are QR codes but what does QR stand for anyway? QR stands for quick response because, well, it responds quickly when scanned. Maybe you haven’t tried them out yet but maybe it’s time you should. 


They’re smoother, smarter, and quicker. Squiqr uses QR codes to be used as paperless business cards. You may have picked up on the fact that Squiqr ends with QR. No, that’s not a coincidence. Squiqr’s digital business card is not only used to make sharing contacts easier and faster, it’s made to help decrease the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from all those business cards thrown away within one week of being exchanged. Reducing our world’s paper footprint is part of the Squiqr sustainability initiative. QR codes are involved. Paper is not. With over 10 billion business cards printed every year in the US alone, it’s time to ban the business card because they’re simply a waste.


QR codes are good for the planet

You may have seen QR codes printed on business cards or on brochures and posters. Clearly, paper is still used in these instances and of course, a QR scanner of some type is required. However, with Squiqr, there is no paper used, hence no paper waste. A QR reader is still required to read the QR codes. These days, your camera app on your phone can likely scan them. Certain phones may require a third party QR reader app however.

Squiqr eliminates those little pieces of destruction by creating digital images containing personalized QR codes, or what we call, Squiqr codes. Paper consumption is at unsustainable levels and globally it is steadily increasing. The paper and pulp industry has substantial climate change impacts. The raw materials, our forests that is, are the source of paper as we all know. Deforestation and all of its negative effects can be greatly and positively impacted by using QR codes to replace the conventional business card. There’s a lot more involved when using paper for business than the actual piece of paper. Redesigning, reprinting, and re-distributing documents makes up a considerable amount of business waste. Too many businesses are wasting paper and the money it takes to use them.

How to scan a QR code

In case you haven’t seen it yet, you can scan a QR code business card from the apps you probably have on your phone already. If you’re an iPhone user, you can simply use your Camera App. When iPhone users scan a QR code on Squiqr’s personalized paperless business card, the scanned person’s contact info appears directly into the Contacts list. This process is smooth, smart, and quick .


Now that you know what QR code stands for, see how we use them for our paperless business card by watching how Squiqr works here.


Other apps including Google, which can be found on every Android smartphone can also be used. WeChat also has a built-in QR reader. If you have that app, simply go to Contacts > Add Contacts > Scan QR code. Of course, there are plenty of free third party QR scanners to choose from too. 

Squiqr’s app, which is currently being built will also include a QR reader within the app making it super duper efficient. There will also be a wide variety of features that’s not only intended to save paper. Any business, freelancer, artist or whoever still uses paper business cards should consider going paperless because it also saves time and money.


Using QR codes

QR may stand for quick response but it can also stand for quick reforestation when it comes to using Squiqr Pro’s digital business cards. With every Squiqr Pro paperless business card used to replace traditional business cards, we plant one new tree. Thanks for our Reforestation Partner, One Tree Planted. 


Are you still using outdated, paper-wasting, methane emitting business cards? Maybe it’s time to make the eco-conscious switch to Squiqr Pro and make a positive impact on our planet and its inhabitants.


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