Shortening the Paper Trail


by WFAA Project Green

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Source: Earth Share

Though many companies are already recycling their office paper, here are a few other ways you can cut back on the paper trail you leave at the office:

  • Copy on both sides of the paper. This is especially efficient for internal documents and drafts.
  • Reduce documents to fit two pages onto one. Use for circulating rough drafts or file copies of documents.
  • Use lighter weight paper. Lighter paper requires less energy and fewer raw materials when it's manufactured.
  • Find alternatives to mail. Use email, voice mail and fax modem transmissions whenever possible.
  • Eliminate unnecessary subscriptions. Cancel newspapers, newsletters, and magazines you don't read or can access online. Take your name off mailing lists to reduce junk mail.
  • Do a "paper" audit. Determine the kind and volume of paper waste your company generates, then take steps to use less.

"Earth Share, a federation of America's leading non-profit environmental and conservation charities, promotes environmental education and charitable giving in workplace employee giving campaigns. For more tips and to find out how your workplace can help the earth, visit or call 1.800.875.3863

  • Make recycling easy. Place recycling bins in hightraffic areas, including the conference room and kitchen as well as by the copier and fax machines.
  • Use a routing slip to circulate copies throughout the office.