Living Paper-Free

After moving to Vermont, Kyle and I decided not to buy napkins and paper towels. We have never missed them. We also do not own a printer.

Many people will argue that purchasing paper products does not effect their budget enough to warrant seeking reusable alternatives. However, I believe that you can save at least $40 a month by going paper-free.
Tips for creating a paperless home:
1. Don’t buy it. If you don’t buy the paper products you won’t use them.

2. Get out of your old habits. Make using cloth and other reusable products as convenient as using paper products.

3. Getting rid of toilet paper: You have to get over the ick factor. I recommend using a bidet system instead of reusing cloth.

4. Paper towels: Use old t-shirts, socks, cloth wipes, used bath towels, etc.

5. Napkins: Use cloth napkins.

6. Tissue Paper: Use a handkerchief.

7. Reduce junk mail. Pay bills online. Recycle paper or find another use for them.

a. Stop receiving catalogs from companies you would never buy anything from. www.catalogchoice.org

b. Stop the junk mail and advertisements. http://www.directmail.com/directory/mail_preference/Default.aspx

c. Stop credit card offers.

8. Feminine hygiene: Use menstrual cups, sea sponges, and cloth pads.

9. Stop buying paper plates.

10. Get rid of your printer. If you must print, print on both sides and purchase 100% post recycled content paper to use in your printer.

11. Use cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers.

12. Go to a library instead of buying books. 

13. For birthday cards and notifications, try sending an e-card.

14. Empty file cabinets. Scan and store electronically.

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