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B is for Both Sides Of The Paper Are Usable

B is for Both Sides Of The Paper Are Usable

American businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year, equal to 175 pounds per office worker. Halve the amount of paper you use by setting your printer’s default option to print double-sided. Recycle used documents. Green your whole office.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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7:07AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

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10:12PM PDT on Nov 5, 2010

Thanks for the info.

5:49AM PDT on Jul 14, 2010

Thanks for the article.

1:43AM PDT on Jul 14, 2010


9:24PM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

I do this as much as possible. It's so nice to be able to put a piece of paper in the printer, and when it's done, just turn it over. The only time I use a one-sided sheet is when I'm going to give the paper to someone (like a coupon), but 99% of the time I use both sides always! Like Ali O said, it saves paper, trees and best of all, money!

4:19PM PDT on May 16, 2010


5:57AM PDT on May 6, 2010

I love reusing paper, and then recycle it when it's all filled up:)

7:41PM PDT on Apr 20, 2010

At home I always try to use both sides of the paper for printing; especially if it's just something that I'm going to keep for myself for reference. At work, my office uses a lot of paper (unnecessarily ) for memos (ie: a whole piece of paper for two lines!) so I always cut the paper into four squares (after I've read it of course!) and use them for scrap paper. I try to keep some bigger squares handy for longer notes. I'll have to check and see if my home printer has an option for double sided printing.

7:22PM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

A co-worker of mine actually showed me ho to make notepads out of recycled paper. After a pagehad been printed on she would set it to thesid, after she had a prett good stack she'd cut them in half staple at the top flip over and then use as notepad instead of legal pads. I now make these for several people in the office and at home too!

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