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Paper Reduction Tips

Did you know that staff and students at LSHTM/SOAS/Birkbeck used more than 22 million sheets of paper (equivalent to 11,000 trees) over the past year?

The environmental impacts from paper use range from deforestation to air and water pollution, as well as the use of water in manufacturing and treatment.   The paper industry uses more water to produce a tonne of a product than any other industry. Furthermore, bleach used in papermaking gives us the bright white colour and is a major pollutant.


The following tips can help to reduce everyday paper use:

  • Use e-mails to send and receive documents.

  • Print only the information you need from a document.

  • Bring laptops or iPads to take notes in meetings if possible.

  • If you have to print, print double-sided.

  • Rationalise printing of student handbooks.

Check out this inspirational video from 'Nature is speaking'

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