Friday, April 10

3 R Friday

Welcome to 3R Friday

A weekly series of simple tips geared toward helping you darken your shade of green. Easily.

Reduce: Reduce your printing waste
  • Print in draft
  • Print in black and white. Print in color only when you need too.
  • Print double sided (copy double sided too)
  • Don't print (before you hit print make sure you need to. Consider saving the file to your computer instead of printing)
  • Don't forget to recycle your used cartridges
Reuse: Reuse file folders

Most of the time I use a pencil to label my file folders so that I can erase the label when I am done. When I do label with something more permanent I still reuse the folders by turning them "inside out" and relabel. I do this both at work and at home.

Recycle: Recycle movie tickets by printing them instead of buying them.

This was a great tip that Lisa at Retro Housewife recently shared. Whenever you are going to go to a movie or any other such event, opt to print the ticket yourself at home instead of getting a "real" ticket. This way you can recycle the ticket when you are done with it.

You can also print your ticket in draft and on the backside of a "scrap" paper!

Hope you have found these tips helpful. Feel free to share your tips with me.

Have a happy Green weekend and Easter!


Lisa Sharp said...

Thanks for all the tips and thanks for the link. :)

Misty said...

Can you not recycle movie ticket stubs? It seems like they use much less paper for the little tiny stub than what you would use to print them at home, I always just toss them in our recycling... but I have been known to toss things in there that you can't recycle... so that's why I'm askin'! :)

marina villatoro said...

things taht no one will see, I print on scrap paper that can be read by me!

Its super hard to be green in central america. so I've recycled all my glass bottles, by using them as water bottles. plastic bottles my son makes armory out of!
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Lorraine said...

The concept of darkening our shade of green is a good one, it recognizes that everything is on a scale, and we can work incrementally to improve it without feeling overwhelmed. Thanks for the tips - I will look forward to reading again next Friday!

Over Coffee - the green edition said...

You are welcome Lisa! I learn so much from your weekly tips on BD.

Thanks for the comment Misty. I think the recycling part depends on your recycling center. Our curbside recycling company says no “glossy” paper which includes movie stubs. I would think that printing at home on scrap paper in draft would take less resources but I am not 100% sure about that. If you recycle yours that is wonderful!

I do the same thing Marina. Every little bit counts!

Thank you Lorraine! I have a long way to go still but this baby step approach has really worked for my family and I. It really is amazing how quickly all those little things add up!