Memos, reports, invoices, forms, presentations, and instructions are the
trademark of a busy office -- and signal the vital role paper plays in it every
day. Yet Xerox Corporation studies show that office workers throw away 45
percent of documents within 24 hours of printing them.
How can you stay productive while using resources wisely?
Paper is a renewable resource. If you think before you print and choose the
paper that's right for the job, you can reduce the environmental footprint of
- Use both sides of the paper. It's called "duplex printing" and it is the
single best way to reduce paper use. So choose copiers, digital printers, and
multifunction devices that can print on both sides of the paper. Add duplex as
your "default" mode.
- Go digital. Save on postage by sending electronic files and let your
recipient decide whether to print them. Replace paper files with electronic
ones using the scan-to-file option on multifunction devices.
- Be selective: Print what you need when you need it. For example, print only
the portion of the report you need, not every page. Preview your print to avoid
printing pages with boilerplate. Print on demand. Don't stockpile forms,
letterhead, or instructions that will go out of date.
- Reach for the right paper. A number of options promote sound environmental
practices. Print on papers certified through global organizations, such as the
Forest Stewardship Council or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
Certification, both of which have strict international standards for
sustainable forestry. Or use paper with recycled content.
- Recycle. Collect used paper so the fiber can be used again. Recycling the
fiber saves trees, reduces energy and water use, requires fewer chemicals, and
keeps paper out of landfills.
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