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More and more people are getting into paper recycling. That's great! There is also a growing awareness that, even if all paper is recycled (which it isn't), reducing unnecessary use of paper is environmentally beneficial. Reducing use reduces demand, which reduces consumption of resources, energy use, and pollution that result from the production and distribution chain. Many people are using paper twice before recycling! Doing this could greatly reduce paper use, proportionally reducing the environmental effects.
The photos above illustrate what I've been doing in my office. Instead of using post-it notes and pads, I use the back sides of printed pages, making homemade "pads" of two sizes by cutting the 8 1/2" x 11" sheets into quarters or eighths, and keeping together with a binder clip. If a note just has to stick to something, a very small peice of tape works well.
As an alternative to consuming new resources, consider ways to use existing resources a second time!
Think Green; Live Green!