How to reduce paper waste and your paper footprint
We’ve all heard about carbon footprints, but have you heard of a paper footprint?
One inspiring woman wants to show us all about our paper footprint with her travelling road show.
Mandy Haggith from Scotland has gathered a pile of paper that represents the average person’s paper usage in a year.
It amounts to an incredible 1/4 ton per person. The paper mountain includes 120 toilet rolls, two bin bags full of junk mail and a staggering 1500 catalogues.
So far, visitors to Mandy’s paper footprint display have found the effects so shocking that they have starting reducing, reusing and recycling paper more.
I’m guessing this is the result she was intending to achieve!
To support her work, Mandy has written a book called ‘Paper trails’ which shares the experiences of her travels around the world to research paper usage.
One incredible statistic cites that for every tonne of paper that is recycled, rather than dumped in the landfill, we save enough electricity to run a 3 bedroomed home for a year and 30,000 litres of water.
There are many ways to reduce our paper waste. Here are 5 tips that we incorporate at Chez Green:
- Reduce your junk mail by stopping at source and sign up for the Mail Preference Service. Buy a stop junk mail kit from the Stop Junk Mail website.
- If you need to print something, then print double sided. If it’s not an official document then use the back of old letters to print on.
- Keep paper that has only be used on one side to feed through the printer, write shopping lists on or give to the kids for the art work.
- If you need to buy a ream of paper, then buy 100% post consumer waste paper.
How about you? How to do you reduce paper waste at home and in your office?