Paper is too valuable a resource to waste. Over one million tons of paper is used everyday around the world. Paper usage is on the rise on a worldwide scale. A significant portion of the total paper usage is nothing but ridiculous wastage. This puts immense pressure on the Earth's natural rain forests, often termed as the lungs of the Earth. Trees and plants play a major role as climate stabilizers. They remove heat-trapping greenhouse gases (carbon-dioxide, methane, ozone) from the atmosphere. However, increasing paper production, leading to excessive deforestation, upsets the climate balance – and speeds up global warming.
Around 30 percent of the Earth surface is still covered with forests. But at the current rate of deforestation, we will lose the entire forest cover within 100 years. We must take action now for Mother Nature to survive. Save paper, save forests, save money. Here are a few basic steps that can make a huge difference for the environment. Use these tips to reduce your carbon footprint, help save the Earth, and save loads of money at the same time.
- Think before you print . This is the golden rule. Ask yourself: Do I really need to print this? Often we tend to print just because it is easy to do so; it requires a mere click of a button. Only print when it is necessary.
- Reuse paper as far as possible. When you really need to buy new paper, ensure that it has recycled content.
- Use both sides of a paper sheet . This is straightforward. Often people tend to print on only one side of the paper. Printing on both sides of paper reduces consumption by 50%.
- Don't print unnecessary copies of documents or emails.
- Save paper in your workplace . Urge your staff or colleagues to save paper. Tell them that doing so would not only save the environment, but it will save a whole lot of money for the company.
Another great way to reduce paper usage is to use technology. Every year, in the US alone, over eight million tons of trees are cut down to create billions of paper catalogs. Most of those catalogs have no recycled content and end up in trash without ever being looked at. This insane waste of natural resources can be stopped by converting paper catalogs to eco-friendly ecatalogs. Also known as flash catalogs or page flip catalogs, they are available online 24×7 and need never be printed. Flash catalogs offer the look and feel of a paper catalog, while being eco-friendly.