At work and at home there are easy things to do to save papers!
- Instead of writing lists on sheets of paper, invest in a blackboard (you can write with a chalk and just erase your list with a rag; moreover it is vintage so it is fashionable!)
- When you buy notebooks, choose 100% recycled-paper ones and use both sides of the paper(no steno pads
- When you have to print a document, try to print 2pages per sheet (we call that “printing two up”)
- Use the “double-sided” / “duplex” option on your copier or printer (I know you’re heard this one before, but it’s another thing to do it… so start now!!)
- If this double-sided option does not exist on your computer you can do it manually by yourself: 1/ print the odd pages, 2/ flip the printed pages over and put them back in the printer, 3/ print the even pages! It not as hard as it seems, and you only need to allot a few extra minutes for it
- For regular/non-official documents use the “draft” option of your printer instead of “normal” or “high” quality
- For your scratch papers write on the back of the sheets that have already been used. You can even collect the obsolete printouts and create a scrap paper notepad by using a clipboard or stapling them altogether.
- Don’t print your mails if not truly necessary and enjoy the opportunities that computer and mail boxes offer: finding a mail by keywords in few seconds (impossible with sheets of paper), collecting and saving a great amount of information (that you can copy on CDs), or transmitting information and documents to your
colleagues – before a presentation for example (they will have everything on their computer before you start the presentation, and you won’t have to print unnecessary handouts)
- Sort out your waste and don’t forget to recycle your paper!