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Weekly Tips | November 04, 2013

Paper Chase


Does your current paper stream threaten to flash flood? Are you looking to find ways to tame the inbox?  If you're over paper shuffling and would be over the paper moon about outbox strategies to reduce the flow, read on for tips on how to tackle the paper tiger!

Mail

You have a choice when it comes to how much junk mail, catalogs, and phone books get delivered to your home and workplace. Consider opting-out of getting these items, which will reduce your overall paper waste.  

Shopping

Did you know that Americans consumer more than 10 billion paper bags each year? According to the Washington Post, that’s about 14 million trees to produce paper bags! Using a reusable bag will not only be able to eliminate the use of paper bags, but also plastic bags. Consider keeping the reusable bag somewhere easily accessible like in your car, office or home so that you don’t forget it. Also, think about bringing your reusable bag when you go holiday gift shopping, from department stores at the mall to every type of shop in between. Take the extra leap and use your bag for more than just groceries. 

E-billing

Many utility companies offer electronic billing, no paper required. Seattle Public Utilities allows an option for electronic billing and so does CleanScapes! Call or visit the website of your cable, internet, or utility service provider to see if electronic billing is an option. 

For more ideas on how to reduce your paper waste check out King County’s Tips.

Stay tuned for more on holiday paper waste reduction, including reusable and alternative gift wrapping tips! 

RESOURCES: CATALOG CHOICE | YELLOW PAGES OPT OUT | JUNK MAIL OPT OUT | THE WASHINGTON POST | KING COUNTY | SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES
 

The Big Picture

According to the EPA Americans use 70 million ton of paper and paperboard per year. In fact, paper and paperboard products make up the largest section of municipal solid waste stream in the United States.

It has also been estimated that about 44% of junk mail goes to landfills unopened. 

Help reduce your paper waste this winter season!

SOURCES: EPA: PAPER CONSUMPTION | FOREST ETHICS
 

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