By November 2, 2014

Save Paper by Wasting Less Paper

It is  easier than you might think to save tress and the environment in the process. While some offices can often reduce their paper consumption by 20% or more, there are many easy ways for individuals reduce their paper use in their own homes as well. The tips below will put you immediately on the right track.

Reduce “Junk” Mail

First things first, visit these sites to stop getting these various types of junk mail:

  • advertisements:
  • catalogs:
  • credit card and insurance offers:
  • phone books:

Avoid putting your name on mailing lists

When you provide your name and address, they are often added to mailing lists that are given or sold to other organizations. Look for privacy offers or write “do not share my info” when you must provide this information.

Contact companies directly

Ask them to cancel duplicates or remove your name from their mailing lists. You can use their reply cards or toll-free phone numbers.

Tell your banks and credit card companies

Make sure your banks and credit card companies know that you do not want credit card checks and other offers sent to your home.

Save Paper

Use both sides

Designate a place to collect one-sided paper; use it to print draft copies, for kid’s artwork and homework, and for notes or “to do” lists.


Opt to receive statements and bills via e-mail.

Donate books or magazines

Hospitals, nursing homes and after-school programs are always looking for donations.

Recycle More Paper

Leverage a recycling bin

Place a recycling bin where you sort mail, pay your bills and do the most paperwork.

In the Kitchen

Establish a place in the kitchen to recycle cardboard packaging.


Put newspapers, magazines and catalogs with other paper in your recycling bag or bin – no need to bundle and tie.

Corrugated boxes

Flatten and tie large corrugated boxes or break them into small pieces to put in your recycling bag or bin.

What to Recycle?

  • Newspapers, magazines and catalogs
  • Shredded paper
  • Phone books and paperbacks
  • Loose paper and envelopes
  • Paper bags
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Smooth cardboard, pads and file folders
  • Flattened corrugated cardboard

Now that you have plenty of tips to recycle more and waste less paper, what tips do you have? Share them in the comments!

Posted in: Green Living

About the Author:

Jon Clark is an Internet Marketing Consultant, Entrepreneur and current editor of the Facebook Marketing Blog. Jon loves coffee, sports and NY. You can follow him on Twitter @jonleeclark or circle him on Google+.

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