Bank to plant trees to help save paper

Oostburg State Bank is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative to plant 1,000 trees in Sheboygan County in 2018 by getting customers to switch to paperless statements.

As part of the initiative, for each Oostburg State Bank customer that switches to monthly paperless statements, the bank will plant a tree in Sheboygan County.

Jon Grosshuesch, CEO of Oostburg State Bank, said the goal is to get 1,000 people to switch to paperless statements this year, for which the bank will plant 1,000 trees.

“Lots of banks are trying to get customers to switch to paperless by offering them a temporary benefit, like $10 or a tshirt,” Grosshuesch said. “We wanted to do something that had a positive, lasting effect on the community – something that benefits everyone for years to come.”

The bank, which has two locations in Oostburg and Cedar Grove, is currently in negotiation with several local organizations to determine where and when the trees will be planted. More information on these partnerships will be released as it becomes available. The paperless initiative was soft launched in celebration of Earth Day, with a major promotional push beginning on Arbor Day.

Grosshuesch said the switch to paperless statements alone has great benefits for the environment, but the bank decided it wanted to go 1,000 steps further.

“We see this as part of our commitment to Sheboygan County, which we’ve been a part of for 110 years,” Grosshuesch said. “If everything goes as planned, Oostburg State Bank and these trees will be around for 110 years more.”

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