7 simple ways to reduce paper use

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Want to live greener? Reduce paper use as much as you can. Here are 7 simple ways to do so.

  1. Stop paper bills in the mail by signing up for online billing with all of your utility providers.
  2. Many magazines are now publishing in ebook format – opt to get the digital versions instead.
  3. Read the news online.
  4. Invest in some nice cleaning cloths (or cut up some old sheets!) and use them instead of buying paper towels. Cloth napkins are great too, and they are easy to make.
  5. Use Evernote – instead of printing everything I want to have accessible, I've just been copying and pasting them into Evernote and then bringing it up on my phone. Easy!
  6. And when you do print, use both sides of the paper.
  7. If you have kids, you know how quickly coloring sheets can add up. Consider getting a chalk board or dry-erase board so they can still color to their hearts' content while using a lot less paper.


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  1. 'Becca

    These are great tips! One of the first changes I made to reduce my environmental impact, on Earth Day 1990, was to start a stack of unwanted 8 1/2″x11″ paper that is blank on one side, and to use that instead of new paper wherever possible. For example, I did my school assignments (I was in high school at the time) on notebook paper, but I took notes on the scrap paper. This really helped my budget, too! I still use scrap paper a lot. My son is 6 now and loves to draw, so he was finally getting toward the bottom of my paper pile (I had never used it all up, in 21 years!) but last week I brought home a big stack of paper that was being discarded at work. 🙂

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