¬†¬†¬†¬† Using less paper at work is a good way to lessen our burden on Mother Earth.¬† After all,¬†according to a¬†study cited by David¬†Bach in his book¬†¬†Go Green, Live Rich, the average American¬†office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of paper–a stack four feet high–every year!¬†¬†And, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the pulp and paper industry may contribute more to environmental problems–such as destroying trees and wildlife habitat and polluting waterways–than any other industry.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Fortunately, cutting back on paper use in the office is easy.¬† Here are some suggestions from Go Green, Live Rich:
- Before you routinely print out emails and other documents, ask yourself if you really need a hard copy.¬† It’s so easy to file materials on the computer.¬† Some businesses even¬†include in their corporate email signatures a reminder to recipients to think twice before printing an email.
- If your office printer prints double-sided documents,¬†make ‘double-sided’ the¬†default setting.
- Make sure the paper purchased for¬†office use¬†has been recycled.¬† When buying paper, look for the word ‘postconsumer.’¬†¬†It means that¬†the paper has been¬†recycled from paper that has actually been used.¬† And the higher the proportion of recycled content, the better.¬† Recycled paper stock should be readily available at most office supply chains.¬†¬†
- Save money as well as paper by¬†implementing a “Smart Paper” program, developed by NRDC.¬† You can learn more by visiting¬†http://www.nrdc.org/cities/living/paper/bintro.asp
- If you don’t yet recycle the paper¬†used in your office, why not start now?¬†¬†If your building doesn’t have a recycling program, you¬†can¬†likely find a recycling service in your area by visiting www.earth911.com.¬† ¬†¬†¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† Good luck!¬† And enjoy working in a greener office!–April Moore