Save Paper

Around the world we use more than 1 million tons of paper every day and 93% of paper comes from trees alone which we can call as virgin paper. Paper also accounts for half of municipal solid waste. The pulp and paper industry is the third largest consumer of energy and uses more water to produce a ton of product than any other industry and is one of the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters.

So think green and save the environment while saving you some money by using less paper. Anything we can do to save paper will help reduce the amount of trash going into landfills, and it will also reduce energy use and pollution associated with manufacturing, transporting, and recycling new paper products. Perhaps most importantly, when we save paper, we reduce the need to cut down trees to make new paper.

Producing one ton of paper requires 2-3 times its weight in trees. Making paper from recycled content rather than virgin fiber creates 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water pollution.

Too much of this paper usage is wasteful and unnecessary and puts huge pressures on the environment. Take action now for the environment – save forests, save paper, save money. Paper usage in many parts of the world is on the rise. Expanding production and pulp wood harvesting threatens some of the last remaining natural forests and the people and wildlife that depend on them. The world’s paper hunger also significantly contributes to climate change.

Easy actions can make a big difference for the environment.

  • Follow the golden rule. "Think before you print".
  • Use both sides of the paper for printing.
  • Check your draft 2-3 times on screen before you actually hit the print button.
  • Use what technology has provided you, send emails, scan documents and send electronically rather than scanning copies and sending.
  • Use the print range feature, print current page etc to print only what you need.
  • Don’t throw away misprints instead use them as drafts or print on the other side.
  • Buy recycled paper, a ton of paper made from recycled paper, as opposed to virgin paper, saves the equivalent of 4,100 kilowatt hours of energy, 7000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air emissions, and 3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Opt for electronic bank statements, credit card statements, bills.
  • Most of us use debit/credit cards while shopping, but how many of us actually need the printed receipt, given that banks instantly send a SMS after each transaction? The next time you swipe your card, ask the vendor to print only one (merchant) copy of the receipt.
  • The same rule applies when drawing money from an ATM. All ATM machines ask users if they want a print of the transaction. Opt to go paperless and just check your phone the next time you want to know how much balance you have left.
  • Print something only if you really need to. These days, you can flash your e-ticket on your mobile phone at the airport and railway station. Also, use the blank side of a printed paper to jot down any notes that you might have.
  • When you do need to print, you can save a lot of paper by simply changing the margin settings. Change the margin from the standard 1.25 setting to .75 on every document you print.
  • Don't throw away the envelope the next time you get a letter or bill. Pile them up next to your landline or computer to jot down phone numbers or notes.
  • Feed your grocery or to-do list on your mobile phone instead of scribbling it on a piece of paper. Since your phone is with you at all times, you will have your list handy whenever you need it.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of tissue paper at home. Cloth absorbs liquid better and does a neater job of cleaning up the mess. Moreover, it can always be washed and reused.

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