Use both sides
Use the front and back of a piece of paper and cut your paper use and costs in half.
- Set computer defaults to print double-sided.
- Make double-sided copies when possible.
- Give it a second chance: Use paper printed on only one side in your fax machine, for draft copies or internal documents, or as scratch paper.
Think before you print or copy
Go Green Tip 1: Recycle
70% of the rubbish that you throw away can be recycled. If you don’t it will end up in a landfill which pollutes the air, land and water and it contributes negatively to climate change.
What can I put in my recycling bin?
Paper: White office paper, Junk mail, coloured paper, phone books, Pamphlets, Books, Newspaper, Magazine, Cardboard and Paper Board
Glass: Bottles, Jars
Plastic: Anything with the recycling logo, bags, bottles, tubs, coat hangers, lids and tops, containers, sweet wrappers, and chip packets.
Metals: Cans, Coat Hangers, Metal lids from glass jars, Aluminium foil
Tetrapak: Foil lined cartons and containers –Juice and milk
Polystyrene (Styrofoam): Food trays, packaging foam and cups
RECYCLING PAPER & GLASS Every day, throughout the world, we throw away massive amounts of garbage. But much of what goes into the trash could be recycled, saving energy, habitats, resources, and wildlife.
Why recycle? Many things we buy, such as soft drink containers and newspapers, are thrown away as soon as we finish with them. But much of this material does not have to go to waste. Glass, plastic, metal, and paper can all be recycled.
Recycling can save energy. Making new paper from old, for example, requires only 50 percent of the energy used in making paper from trees. Recycling can also save resources. Raw materials such as the oil used to make plastics will not last forever. Recycling helps protect these resources for the future. Recycling can even help preserve wildlife and habitats, as the tree plantations that supply the paper industry are often planted over wild areas.
Recycling also reduces the wast-disposal problem. The supply of appropriate sites for burying waste is limited, and recycling cuts down on the amount of waste being buried.
It is estimated that each year New Yorkers throw away enough trash to bury Central Park in 13 feet of garbage. In Great Britain every household probably throws away a ton of waste in a year. But all this garbage contains materials that can be processed so that they can be used again, rather than simply discarded. Retrieving these materials is called recycling.
That’s catchy, but actually paper can really only be down-cycled (office paper > draft paper > construction paper > paper towel or toilet paper > paperboard egg cartons > compost). Aluminum cans and glass bottles and jars can be recycled indefinitely, though.
We recycled over 3,000 tons of paper in 2012, which means we…
- saved over 72,000,000 gallons of water
- eliminated over 9,000 cubic yards of landfill space
- eliminated over 180,000 pounds of air pollutants
- saved enough energy to power 1,500 average homes for a year
- saved about 60,000 trees
- saved over 12,000 barrels of oil
Some things I threw away…
A stack of old school papers as tall as I am, to be recycled. How many hours were spent on these? I’m trying to declutter and transition from a packrat to a minimalist. It helps to take pictures of what you are throwing away if you are reluctant to part.
That’s pretty smart! I could probably get rid of a lot of sentimental junk that way
Jen Stark (b.1983, USA) - Abyss. archival paper, wood, acid-free foamcore, glue, lightn 20” x 20” x 33” (2011)The work of Miami-based artist Jen Stark is instantly recognizable for its breathtaking color spectrums rendered in mind-bending forms cut from paper, wood and other organic materials. Stark’s sculptures seemingly reconstruct elements of time, nature and the cosmos on an exponential scale. She draws inspiration for her works from the rhythmic visual qualities of mandalas and other such sacred objects, while they simultaneously behave like the imagery of topographic maps, geometric repetitions and three-dimensional prisms. This aligns directly with her interest in mathematics: ‘to the power of…’ being a statement of exponential growth also infers the definition of ‘power’ as both the possession of physical or mental control and the fortitude to act decisively. Her unique experience working with fibers is displayed in her delicately constructed patterns, which resemble the flowing movements of fabric versus the perceived rigidity her actual core materials. Stark’s unflinching attention to physical detail and a commitment to shaping the object into something far beyond its origins result in a body of work which borders on the unbelievable. (cf. artist’s news) Great thanks to devidsketchbook, we are pleased to have him introducing us this Monday Stark’s paper sculpture!