While it may seem like there's nothing but grim environmental news to be found, there are some bright spots. For instance, Americans now recycle more paper products than they send to landfills, and it's not just consumers who are stepping up. Years ago the U.S. paper industry set a goal of a 60% scrap paper recovery rate by 2012, but achieved this goal three years early. Still, the typical office environment is far from perfect, and there are plenty of places we can improve our recycling and waste management strategies for maximum sustainability.
If your office or work environment uses any type of paper, from standard printer paper to plotter paper rolls, these tips are for you: here are just a few top tips to reduce waste around the office.
Though it may be faster and more convenient to simply dispose of old, outdated, or otherwise unneeded documents, it's definitely the more wasteful route. Cut back on your office's paper waste by shredding old documents and using them as packing materials in any shipments you send out. It's easy to come up with an effective system to do this, and doing so will result in an instant boost to your eco-friendly credibility.
Use Both Sides
It may seem like a given, but a surprising number of businesses print using just one side of the paper. It's clearly much more efficient to take advantage of the space provided by both sides, and though this isn't an option for blueprint paper and some types of engineering bond paper rolls, printing using both sides of paper when possible is undoubtedly the more sustainable route.
Purchase Paper Carefully
Today, more than one-third of new paper is made with recycled fiber. With this in mind, there's no reason why you shouldn't make an effort to purchase paper made with recycled fiber whenever possible. Doing so may not seem like it makes a difference, but over time these eco-friendly contributions definitely add up and save on energy usage and other efficiencies. Keep in mind that you can also purchase printer ink made with recycled or otherwise sustainable materials. And since most of today's architectural and engineering offices average 3,500 square feet per month of printing output, doing your part to prioritize sustainable ink in addition to paper makes for maximum efficiency.
Ultimately, keeping these tips in mind is the key to creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly workspace all employees will be happy to contribute to. For more information about blueprint paper, plotter paper rolls, and other specialty paper products, contact Get Paper today.