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Think Before You Ink - Print Like a Polar Bear

Story posted April 22, 2010

What would happen if polar bears worked in an office setting? Would they try to save paper? Come along with our mocumentary video cameras as they try to find out if two polar bears can make a difference.

When you must print, how can you do so responsibly? Here are a few quick and easy tips to get you on your way to reducing your carbon footprint:

One isn't always the lonliest number: Decide if you need to print an entire document. How many times have you printed out a 10 page document, only to realize that you really only needed the first page. When you print, it is easy to just tell your printer to print the first page.

Margin of error: If you have a multiple-page document and only a few lines on the last page, try increasing your margins to fit everything on fewer pages. It will save paper, and probably look better, too!

Don't make printing your default: Next time you go to print, think about whether or not it's necessary. Many people bring hand-outs and agendas to meetings, but very few people actually keep the papers (which end up in recycling or even in the trash). Skip the handouts and instead offer to email the agenda or handouts. Take a look at instructions for Mac and Windows users.

Two sides of every story: Set your printer to print double-sided. It's an easy set-it-and-forget-it way to save paper.

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