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ECO-CLF Horizontal Combo.jpgPaper reduction
The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. Make it a habit to think before you print:

  • Print on both sides and/or use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper or drafts.
  • Opt for communications by e-mail instead, and read any e-mail messages onscreen first to determine whether it’s necessary to print or if it can be stored on your computer instead.
  • Reduce fax-related paper waste by using a fax-modem and by using a fax cover sheet only when necessary. Fax-modems allow documents to be sent directly from a computer, without requiring a printed hard copy.
  • Make it a policy to post employee manuals and similar materials online, rather than distribute print copies.
Unsolicited mail, also known as “junk mail,” is rampant in the workplace and is a profit drain because of the time required to sort through it all. Eliminate junk mail by requesting to be removed from mailing lists of unwanted catalogs, newsletters and magazines.