Single-use plastics are a global pariah. But the single-use problem extends far beyond just plastics. In offices, paper waste remains a huge issue. Just one sheet of paper takes an average 10 litres of water to produce. In addition, chlorine-based bleaches are used in paper’s production, and sheets emit methane when they breakdown. Paper remains the third largest polluter of air, water, and soil. But luckily, you can reduce paper waste with just a few small adjustments. Opt to receive your post online, switch your bills to paperless, send your invoices over email, and utilise cloud technology to reduce your printing output.
When you do print, be sure to use both sides of the sheet, and reserve old printed paper for notetaking. And, of course, recycle where possible. To offset the deforestation caused by the paper industry, consider swapping to Ecosia, a non-profit search engine that donates its earnings to funding reforestation efforts (they’ve already planted over 100 million trees).