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Reducing our Footprint, zero waste

How I saved half a tree with one phone call.

1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333 sheets – GreenPrint

On occasion it is smart to stop and act rather that blindly let waste happen. That’s what happened a few weeks ago when I saved at least half a tree from being chopped down every year from now on – with just one phone call. That’s all. One. And a few taps on my work computer.

Some people are great at reducing waste at home but find it trickier while at work. Maybe they don’t want to ruffle any feathers. Luckily I am not one of those people.

While visiting another one of our stores I realized that our computer was printing 1-3 superfluous pages of a report that’s printed 5-9 times a day (or more if a mistake happens). That’s 5 – 27 extra pages a day. & days a week. Over a year that is at the very least 2000 sheets of paper but probably closer to 7500 sheets wasted. The pages do not serve any purpose and it still it had not occurred to me, or I hadn’t bothered to find out the solution. Months passed away. Then one day I mentioned it to the GM, who told me to call the IT department, which told me to press a few buttons, and voila!! At least half a tree saved. The company will save some money too. It’s a win-win. No recycling necessary! Remember that not creating the recycling in the first place is the best (and easiest) thing to do. It’s what I call lazy man recycling.

How can you un-recycle?

Have you canceled your local papers? Stopped mail delivery of your bills and turned to e-bills? Planted an apple tree so that you don’t even have to drive to a grocery store to buy an apple? What out of the box solutions have you come up with to reduce your waste and recycling?


“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Fancy cutting down all those beautiful trees…to make pulp for those bloody newspapers, and calling it civilisation. – Winston Churchill, remarking to his son during a visit to Canada in 1929”

“Tree planting is always a utopian enterprise, it seems to me, a wager on a future the planter doesn’t necessarily expect to witness.” Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


2 thoughts on “How I saved half a tree with one phone call.

  1. Hi Stephanie. Thanks so much for the link to Greenprint and the stats on paper. Triple Wow!!! You’re helping to open our eyes to the hidden truth. Looking forward to reading more.
    — Liesl at Trash Backwards

    Posted by pioneeringthesimplelife | January 9, 2013, 8:23 am

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