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I am not great at buying 100% recycled paper but I am great at paper reduction. The less paper we use, the more money I save and it also means less paper that has to be manufactured. Since manufacturing paper requires a vast amount of chemicals it is green to use as little of it as possible.
Here are my top 10 paper reduction tips
1. Keep a clipboard for all your one sided paper
The picture above is of an actual real clipboard kept in our house to store all the one sided paper that we either create or that comes into our home from some other source.
I use the paper on this clip board to make up my weekly menu and grocery list. The children use it for their school work.
2. Keep a clipboard full of empty used envelopes for smaller lists
If I just need to make up a short list that I can shove in my purse to refer to, I like using the backs of envelopes that mail came in. It is a handy size and a great way to give the paper one more use before it heads to the recycling bin.
3. Make sure to print on both sides of the paper when you can
I try to avoid an over stocked one sided paper clipboard by getting the kids to print things on both side of the paper when they can.
4. Use small wipe off boards in your homeschooling
5. Laminate lists that will be used daily
I laminated the children’s chore charts and gave them a place to hang them up so that they don’t get ruined and need to be reprinted all the time.
6. Put often used lists in sheet protectors
I have my weekly chore chart in a sheet protector instead of laminating it as I like to tweak it and change it often. The sheet protector means I only need to print one copy until it is time to tweak it again.
7. Reduce your intake of junk mail
I believe there is a place you can contact to get off the junk mail bandwagon. I have not done it but I probably should as I get a tonne of credit card offers each week. Has anyone done this? Does it really work?
8. Sign up for online bill pay
Most of my mail is bills and I am slowly switching them over to online payment, making it easier to pay and reducing the need for paper at the same time.
9. Borrow magazines from the library instead of subscribing or get a digital copy
In the day of Pinterest does anyone really refer back to their magazines anymore? Unless I can get them 100% free without even the need to spend points from various programs on them, and I know I truly will read them, I don’t subscribe to them anymore. I borrow the ones I really love from the library instead.
If you own an ereader you might also want to op for the digital copy.
10. Don’t print the coupon unless you have to
Do you have any ideas for further paper reduction?
This post is part of my green and thrifty tip series
For a list of 52 different websites, apps, and stores our thrifty family uses to help us keep our expenses low, click here to visit our Thrifty Tools Resource Page.
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