Use Paper Responsibly


Choose to use paper more responsibly.

The best way to protect the resources and energy used to make paper is to simply use less. This not only protects valuable resources and reduces waste, it also saves you money. Take a look around your home and office to identify ways you can use paper more responsibly.

Reduce. There are countless ways you, your family, and your co-workers can reduce your paper usage.
Here are a few tips:

  1. 1. Whenever you can, don’t print. Email digital files, read onscreen, put reports and manuals online, and take advantage of electronic cards and invitations.
  2. 2. When you must print something, print double-sided (set your printer to default to double-sided), play with margin width and spacing to take up fewer pages, and print on chlorine-free paper with the highest level of PCW (obviously).
  3. 3. Create a successful paper reduction plan for your office with help from this toolkit from the National Resources Defense Counsel.

Reuse. The back of used paper makes a great place for notes and memos. You can even create your own notebook by binding or stapling folded pages of used paper (clean-side out). New Leaf offers products with these ideas in mind. Such as our multi-use Karma Cards and our collection of Found Space journals (link to product page) that have covers made from misprinted packaging.

Recycle. The most frequently encountered item in landfills is paper. On average, it accounts for more than 40% of a landfill’s contents. This is especially shocking considering that paper is one of the easiest items to recycle. Find helpful tips on recycling and where to recycle your paper waste at earth911.