Week 17 - 7 Ways to Save Paper
7 ways to save paper
1. Use both sides of the paper
2. Say no to junk mail
In France once a week your mail box will be stuffed full of junk mail - however by simply putting a note on the box say "Pas de Publicité" this will no longer be delivered. In the UK you can opt out of unsolicited and unaddressed junk mail via the Royal Mail website. You can also put a note on your door asking for no free newspapers etc to be delivered.
3. Reuse envelopes
4. Think before you print
Do you REALLY need to print something off? Even if you do can you reduce the number of pages and also print on both sides as already mentioned. Brittany Ferries tickets come on 2 pages but you don't actually need the second page printed off so just I print the ticket. And many companies now do e-tickets that you don't need to print off at all.
5. Use wallpaper offcuts for kid's art projects
Rather than using high grade paper for your children's art projects use offcuts of wallpaper. If you know a decorator or anyone who is doing some DIY, ask them to save the offcuts for you.
6. Send e-cards
Now I know we all like to hear from friends and families on birthdays and special occasions but do we actually need to hear from them with a card? Lots of companies now do e-cards or you can send birthday wishes via social media.
7. Buy second hand booksI am still one of the old fashioned people who loves reading real books but it doesn't mean I buy new ones all the time. I swap with friends, use my local library and scour second hand shops for new reads. Books I have finished with go to any friends who want them or back to charity shops. And much as I love leafing through a recipe book I am also very happy searching online to find what I am looking for.
These are just a few of the ways you can save paper. Do you have any more tips and ideas? Finally, do think about the paper that you do buy and where-ever possible buy recycled, be that notepads, loo roll or printer paper.