Reducing Paper Use

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Green cleaning is a joint effort.  Building maintenance personnel, cleaning personnel and building occupants all play important parts in improving the physical and environmental health of their work area.American business is changing.  Consider that today’s workers spend almost 90% of their time indoors.  In today’s business world, the computer is an absolute necessity.  Computers help to create huge quantities of paper documents.While computers are magical, they are also sources of tremendous hard and soft waste.  Cleaning companies and maintenance staff can help control this waste and reduce the operating costs along the way.  Workers waste over $1 billion in electricity a year through totally wasteful practices.  There are four simple steps that can help stop these wasteful practices.

  • Invest in energy saving computers, monitors and printers
  • Switch to energy saving settings
  • Turn computer off when not in use
  • Use the sleep mode when away for brief periods

These easy steps will save energy.  Typical for green programs, a little common sense goes a long wayLet’s apply common sense to paper usage.  Start with the belief that less paper is a good thing.

  • Retain important e-mails, files, documents and manuals in the computer
  • Do not order extra catalogues or magazines
  • Use direct check deposit whenever possible
  • Send company updates through e-mail rather than by hard copy
  • Review documents online rather than in printed form

Take the next step and prioritize your paper use.

  • Buy recycled and chlorine-free paper
  • Use paper from organic products like bamboo, cotton or hemp
  • Print on both sides of paper
  • Shred old paper to use as packing material
  • Save and re-use old boxes
  • Use old sheets for scrap paper or notes

Before janitorial services launch their recycling programs, they should encourage these common sense remedies.  Then enjoy the results as the amount of paper to be recycled is substantially reduced.

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