Day 7: Go paper-less.
Why should you do this? Scientists say that as much as 30% of greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, a known cause of climate change. Meanwhile, worldwide consumption of paper has risen by 400% in the past 40 years, with 35% of harvested trees being used for paper production.
What can you do about it?
- Say no to the receipt at the store if you don't need it. Ditto on the paper bag, extra napkins, just-in-case brochures, etc.
- Replace paper towels with cloth towels and tissues with handkerchiefs--way classier and better for the environment.
- Get a digital subscription of your favorite magazines; save money and trees. Plus, hoarding those clippings is better digitally--so we were told ;)
- Stop junk mail (including those pesky credit card offers that create another task of shredding and phone calls!) by opting out here.
- Save and re-use single-side used printer paper for printing unimportant documents or scrap paper.
- Save those paper takeout bags and use them for brown bagging lunch.
- Buy paper products made from recycled paper whenever possible. Sure, it costs more. But, for a few extra bucks you'll get a priceless feeling of doing the right thing.
- Look for the following symbols of "green" paper products: