Simple Green: Make Your Paper Pull Double Duty

Simple Green: Make Your Paper Pull Double Duty

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Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 30, 2010

With the back-to-school season in full swing, there are all sorts of new papers and handouts in circulation. Try out this simple tip to make them pull double duty in your home and put them to use a few more times before they hit the recycling bin.

More so than any other time of year, the beginning of the school season seems to fill our houses with paper. Kids bring home permission slips, newsletters, notes, homework assignments and more. Most of the information is the "read once and toss it" type and after the important dates are written on your home calendar, they usually get chucked.

Before they hit your recycling bin, try giving them life once more in your home printer. Keep a box of stray one sided papers by your printer and toss a few in if you have something to print that isn't of super high importance. Maybe it's your grocery or shopping list, possibly directions to a friend's house or a wedding or even just coloring sheets for your children.

There's still one side to be used before they have to be recycled. Once you start looking for ways to put paper of this nature to work for you, the ideas will come flooding in.

(Image: Flickr member Issac Bowen licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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