Tips are published each week in MBA
Lawyers e-Journal and twice a month in Massachsuetts Lawyers Weekly. For more tips or to join the Eco-Challenge, go to www.massbar.org/ecochallenge.
The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. Make it a habit to think before you print:
- Print on both sides and/or use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper or drafts.
- Opt for communications by e-mail instead, and read any e-mail messages onscreen first to determine whether it’s necessary to print or if it can be stored on your computer instead.
- Reduce fax-related paper waste by using a fax-modem and by using a fax cover sheet only when necessary. Fax-modems allow documents to be sent directly from a computer, without requiring a printed hard copy.
- Make it a policy to post employee manuals and similar materials online, rather than distribute print copies.
Unsolicited mail, also known as “junk mail,” is rampant in the workplace and is a profit drain because of the time required to sort through it all. Eliminate junk mail by requesting to be removed from mailing lists of unwanted catalogs, newsletters and magazines.
Also, the EcoLogical Mail Coalition (www.ecologicalmail.org) offers a free service for businesses to remove former employees from direct marketers’ lists. Taking this step saves businesses money and time, saves trees and prevents tons of paper from entering landfills.