Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 5 - save paper, save trees

Eliminating waste is an endless feat.  It seems that our world has been transformed to convenience ourselves and make every moment new, fresh and efficient.  For example, our use of paper.  I'm not sure about where you work, but at my work there are boxes and boxes of reams of paper stacked up next to our printer, and it seems that we are always running out of it.  We use paper to print out huge Powerpoint presentations, paper to print out emails and agendas and paper to print out new ideas.  We also are using a significant amount of paper to take notes throughout the day as we go from meeting to meeting and need to mobilize our thoughts. 

So for today I have attempted to reuse and reduce our paper consumption at work on a small scale.  (Every little bit counts, right?)  I put a box next to our printer and labeled it REUSE PAPER - SINGLE SIDE PRINTED PAPER GOES HERE - REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.  My goal now is to take that single side printed paper and create some makeshift notepads.  I will put the notepads next to where we get our bound notebooks and hopefully people will grab them instead the next time they reach for a fresh pad.  You can do this too, simply reuse your paper by turning it into a notepad. 

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

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