By Toren Elste | Dec 7, 2015

Does this picture stress you out? It stresses me out - having stacks of paper everywhere feels unorganized, cluttered and chaotic. But there's a solution! Follow these simple tips for reducing paper in your office or home:

  • Opt for using an online note taking application. Instead of writing notes or to do lists on a sheet of paper, use an online resource such as One Note, Evernote or Google Docs. 
  • If you must print, print double sided. It cuts back on paper by 50% and also makes large documents easier to manage. (Check out the managing print services tab on our Paper Reduction site for more information and tips.)
  • Reuse! Reuse paper scraps or one-sided documents as scratch paper when you’re finished with them.
  • Use programs like DocuSign to sign documents or contracts, instead of printing them out and scanning them. )This saves you a lot of time too!)
  • Increase margins and decrease font size to cut down on sheets of paper used.

Reducing paper is not only good for the environment but it’s also good for your wallet too. It can save you money in the long run, which is a win-win!

Toren’s Tidbits are blog posts by UW Sustainability Events and Outreach Specialist, Toren Elste. Toren will share things she’s passionate about, Everything from green office highlights to paper reduction tips, green event resources, ocean conservation, sustainable food and SO much more! 

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