6 Ways to Reduce Paper Wastage
In an age where everything is turning digital, it's easy to believe that excessive paper wastage is a thing of the past however, this is not the case. In fact, paper wastage continues to be a huge problem, with recent statistics stating that every person in the UK uses the equivalent of 4.48 trees each year! Whether at home or in work, we tend to overuse paper and fail to dispose of it properly, with significant amounts ending up in landfill rather than being recycled. Due to this, it is important that we reduce the amount of paper we use or even better, learn to become paperless.
At Regen Waste, we are passionate about recycling and having a positive impact on the environment and so, we have outlined 6 simple ways you can reduce your paper wastage:
1. Change Your Bills to Paperless
Most companies will provide you with the option to change your monthly bills from paper to email. This change is usually quite simple, as most companies want to encourage you to change to email. If you can not find the option to do this online, you can call their customer service department and ask them to make this change for you.
2. Use Electronic Documents
Whether you are taking notes in an important meeting, contacting someone or writing a shopping list, it is important to start using electronic alternatives rather than using paper. Why not start taking notes on your laptop, send an email rather than a letter and write your shopping list on your phone!
3. Store Your Documents Electronically
Gone are the days when you need to print everything and file a hardcopy for safekeeping. There are so many electronic storage options available from hard drives to online drives that will allow you to back up your documents without needing to use any paper. Check out this handy guide to find out more about cloud storage.
4. Opt-Out of Junk Mail
Most of us receive unwanted junk mail in the form of postal campaigns and flyers however, you can opt-out of this. There are a number of ways you can do this such as writing 'unsolicited mail, please return to sender' on the envelope and post in back unstamped, registering with the Mailing Preference Service or contacting the sender directly. Find out more about how you can opt-out of junk mail.
5. Subscribe to Online Magazines and Newspapers
Rather than purchasing magazines and newspapers instore, why not subscribe to the online version instead. As well as being more eco-friendly and reducing paper wastage, you may also save money as these subscriptions tend to be more cost-efficient. It's a win-win!
6. Minimise Use of Paper
Finally, when using paper make sure to use both sides! Whether it is for notes, rough work or your child's drawings, ensure you use both sides of the page, rather than reaching for a new piece of paper. You should also remember to print your documents on both sides.