In Your Home Office

  • Use both sides of paper. Paper printed on one side can be used for note pads or kids’ art paper, or use the blank side for incoming faxes and printing draft documents.
  • Buy paper with recycled content to help to reduce the need for new pulp.
  • Look for products packaged in recycled materials, or look for stores that will let you leave the packaging there (instead of taking it home).
  • Re-label old file folders and use them again.
  • Reuse old envelopes. You can cross out the old address or put a sticker over it.
  • Buy, sell or give away business waste via the many online lists or free newspaper classifieds
  • Use fax tags (small, horizontal sticky notes) instead of fax cover pages. It saves paper at both ends.
  • Donate old computers/printers to Computers for schools – or call local dealers who often repair and donate. Learn about electronics recycling at Encorp’s “Return-it” website.
  • Donate old office furnishings to local thrift stores.
  • Recycle print cartridges and ribbons.
  • Use white boards with environmentally friendly erasable markers instead of paper flip charts.
  • Use refillable pens and pencils instead of disposable ones.
  • Use long-life compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They last 10 times longer and use less electricity. Be sure to recycle your old CFLs for free at any local municipal recycling depot or during Hazardous Waste days at the Whitehorse Landfill. CFLs contain mercury and should not be thrown in the garbage.


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