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Green challenges

Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

New challenge: going paperless

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So we’ve got a new challenge! This month we’re going to see how paperless we can make our lives. It’s going to be a little tricky, because paper has a way of creeping into your home while you’re not paying attention.

Just looking around me now, here’s the ways I use paper that could be removed from my life:

  • mail: bills and junk mail
  • magazines: I’ve got a habit of buying them as treats instead of chocolates after a hard day!
  • paper towels: we use them in the kitchen for a few things
  • tissues: with cold and flu season coming up, I bet we’ll all be seeing more of these
  • gift wrap: I try to reuse it when I can, or use gift bags instead
  • office paper: my boss really likes to print out instructions for the tasks she gives me

How about you? Take a look and see what paper is lurking in the corners and you could maybe get rid of in some way.

To be fair, I’m also a lot better about using paper than I was before I started making eco-friendly changes in my life. In 2009 we did the paperless billing challenge. I don’t subscribe to any newspapers, and have cancelled my Yellow Pages delivery since I use the internet as my directory now. The local paper still arrives, but I use that in our compost for now.

For several years now I’ve been using toilet paper made from recycled paper. Look for eco-friendly brands who use 100% recycled paper, not the ones that put a little bit of recycled stuff in-between trees from virgin rainforests.

No-one seems to have noticed that I only send cards to people on one-off occasions like births and weddings, and don’t bother for regular events like birthdays and Christmas anymore.

To give yourself a kick-start in the challenge, why not try a couple of easy ways to reduce your paper use today? Cancelling your Yellow Pages can be done online or by phone, and you can get No Junk Mail stickers for your letterbox in hardware stores and post offices.