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we use paper out of habit and perceived convenience. However, we are in a digital world and paper has become non-essential. If we think about the resources and technologies we have, we often find that doing something digitally is actually more efficient anyways. Anytime you think about printing something, think about how you can do it digitally instead.
1. Always re-use paper by printing on both sides
2. Use an efax account to send/receive docs
3. Do online billing for all bills
4. Promote proper paper use & recycling in your office & with vendors
5. Use recycled paper and purchase from vendors using recycled paper
6. Post docs & memos online or send via email rather than paper handouts
7. Post a "No Junk Mail" sign on your box at work
8. If you do contracts, use docusign digital signatures
9. Bring your own mug to work and reusable cup to coffee shops
10. Use rags (old t-shirts) instead of paper towels for clean-ups
11. Send e-cards rather than overpriced paper greeting cards
Ultimately, by cutting down on paper use, we save trees. Trees and forests are essential to our eco-system. Logging and destruction of rainforests removes trees, plants and animals from our earth forever. Consider using certified sustainably harvested wood, reclaimed lumber/recycled wood, composite wood, or other alternatives such as concrete, stone, straw bale, or Homasote.