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Tips for Selecting, Buying and Reducing Paper

Paper impacts forests and landfills, energy and transportation. This toolkit maximizes use of this ubiquitous resource.

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printing paper Investigate what and how much paper your organization purchases, uses, distributes and discards – and how it does so. This resource page helps you measure your use and create solutions that reduce usage and cost.

Tips for Selecting, Buying and Reducing Paper

A new way to buy paper [PDF]: The lifecycle approach to reducing the environmental impacts of paper use (2 pages - 150 Kb)

Environmental Defenese Fund's recommendations for purchasing and using environmentally preferable paper [PDF] (20 pages - 240 Kb)

Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Paper (500 Kb)

Chapter 2: Source Reduction (225 Kb)

Chapter 3: Buying and Recycling Recycled Paper (1.1 Mb)

Chapter 4: Forest Management (940 Kb)

Chapter 5: Pulp and Paper Manufacturing (1.1 Mb)

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Paper Calculator

The Environmental Defense Paper Calculater provides an indepth look at the environmental impact of your paper use and explore the alternatives.

Paper Use Calculator

Greenprint Software Reduces Use of Paper at the Office or Home

GreenPrint eliminates wasteful pages in any printout automatically, saving you time and money, and maybe more importantly, saving trees, reducing greenhouse gasses, and decreasing waste. GreenPrint's patent-pending technology does this by analyzing each page of every document sent to the printer and looking for typical waste characteristics (like that last page with just a URL, banner ad, logo, or legal jargon).

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