The main culprit here is paper – the pulp and paper industry is one of the biggest drivers of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly 20 percent of deforestation in the 2000s, and endangering rainforest species such as the Sumatran Tiger.  Recycling should be a last resort and certainly don’t throw any paper waste in your general waste bin!

Reduce

Ask for paperless bills – most service providers will give you an option to receive your invoices and bills by email rather than through the post – it saves them money too!

Don’t

print off your emails unless you absolutely have to, and if you do print on both sides.

Re-use

Any correspondence or old paperwork which is just printed on one side can be re-used as blank paper – I make notepads for ideas and to-do lists by stapling 30 or 40 of these together.
Other paper waste is pulped and made into paper briquettes for our wood burning stove.
If possible, re-fill your ink cartridges at home.
Switch to rechargeable batteries now.

 

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