1. Recycle your cell phone.
According to recent studies, about 128 million Americans who have cell phones upgrade every 18 months. Most recycling programs (including eloop at The Center…and it’s free!) will take your old cell phones.
2. Print on recycled paper.
Using recycled paper is such a good move. Paper made from recycled fibers conserved tons of trees, water, and energy. Want to see the math? According to Environmental Defense and Conservatree, it takes around 24 trees to make 1 ton of standard virgin printer paper. Thats 40 cartons of paper. Each carton weighs about 50 pounds. Thats means that 1 tree yields 83 pounds, and that each tree only produces 1 2/3 cartons of paper!
3. Print on both sides of the paper.
If your printer allows double sided printing (and most do) do it! If yours doesn’t, your software probably allows you to print alternating pages. Figure out how your printer pulls paper from the tray, print the odd numbered pages first, reorient the printed pages in the tray and then print the even numbered pages. Done!
4. Recycle ink and toner cartridges.
We take those at The Center of Harmony too! For free! Click here for more info!
5. Nap time for your computer.
Set your computer to sleep mode when it won’t be used for a short period of time. According to the US Department of Energy, turning off a computer when it’s not in use can save $186 a year in electricity and prevent 1 1/2 TONS of carbon dioxide emissions. FYI: Screen savers do not save energy…they use more than sleep mode does.