Paper is expensive. Once you doodle something on it, it's likely you'll throw it away sooner or later without re-using it. 

But it's not only that. The biggest problem is that we need to cut trees to produce paper. Is a tree, that same one that gives us oxygen and has so many other vital functions seemlessly connected with human well-being, worth cutting down, just so a person can use a paper napkin after lunch - and then toss it? Or a paper towel to clean your windows with - and then toss it?

Here are just a few of the numerous ways you can reduce paper waste in your home as well as in your office.

1. Instead of post-it notes, use a white board. 

2. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. The same goes for paper towels. Use rags.

3. When you or your child draws on a piece of paper, use it on both sides. Also, print your documents on both sides.

4. When you can, save your home or office documents in digital form (USB, external disks), instead of printing out hundreds of one-sided papersheets.

5. Find alternatives to paper. When possible, use digital services - write emails instead of letters, and encourage others to follow your example.

6. Always think before you print something. Ask yourself, if you really need that document in printed form. And always only print the amount of pages you really need; don't print the entire document, if you only need two or three pages.

7. Always check your document before printing - are there any grammar errors, is there anything you need to change or correct? It will save you ink, paper, money and time.

8. When available, browse through online shopping catalogues; don't subsribe to paper format promotional materials.

9. Reduce paper bills by asking to receive your monthly bills in digital format only.

10. Buy recycled paper, when you need it. It may not be as pretty as a100% virgin copier paper, but it serves the same purpose. You can write on it.

According to Conserveatree, 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets or 1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees. The Paperless project states that "paper in the U.S. represents one of the biggest components of solid waste in landfills – 26 million tons (or 16% of landfill solid waste) in 2009. The average office worker continues to use a staggering 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year, while 45% of the paper printed in offices ends up trashed by the end of the day – this daily lifespan occurs for over a trillion sheets of paper per year, worldwide." Now think about it for a second.

March 22, 2017 Living photo: profimedia

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