Stop Unwanted Services!
Did you know that junk mail production in the U.S. consumes as much energy as 2.8 million cars?
- Stop your junk mail at www.directmail.com/mail_preference/.
- Stop unwanted catalogs at www.catalogchoice.org.
Buy Recycled Paper Products
Save trees, reduce landfill waste, and reduce pollution by purchasing paper products made from post-consumer recycled content.
- Make sure your printer paper is 100 percent post consumer recycled paper. This simple detail can save 5 pounds of carbon dioxide per ream of paper. Recycled paper does not jam copiers any more than virgin paper does. So if you had bad luck with it in the past, give another brand of recycled paper a try.
- Know the logos. Packaging that displays the chasing arrows within a circle is made from recycled content. The chasing arrows alone without the circle indicated the item can be recycled.
- By purchasing 100% post-consumer recycled content products like writing paper, napkins, bathroom tissue, paper towels, greeting cards, etc., you can save 1,200 lbs. of greenhouse gases, 6,000 gallons of wastewater, about 13 trees, and 4 million BTU’s of net energy a year per half ton (that’s about 10 cases of paper a year).
- Check out the Environmental Defense Fund’s Paper Calculator for more information.
Don’t Forget to Recycle
More than 30% of the average landfill is comprised of paper.
- Place recycling bins strategically and clearly marked. The bathroom is a great place to add one to recycle soap packages, paper tubes, empty shampoo bottle, etc. And don’t forget about the kitchen or wherever you sift through mail or read.
- Lots of household and business items can be recycled like motor oil, batteries, bottles, cans, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).