The city I live in has a great, single-stream recycling program for residents, but does absolutely nothing for businesses. It’s really frustrating. My company, despite having adopted an Electronic Medical Record and going “paperless” a year ago, still seems to created a ton of paper that ends up being thrown away. Everything with confidential information on it can be put in the shred bin and end up being recycled, but they’re a bit stingy about things that don’t, technically, need to be shredded (probably because they pay by the pound for that stuff). So, I try to print front/back, bring home as much paper as I can to recycle, and find other things to do with the paper I have left. One use for the blank sides of papers is making these little scratch pads. I just cut or tear them up into quarters and use a binder clip to hold them together. I take all my phone messages on these little pads and even use them instead of post-its when I can- just paperclipping the scrap page onto something that I’d normally stick a post-it on.
I even thought to decorate a binder clip to make things a little prettier. I mod-podged on a piece of a lacy cloth napkin that I tea-dyed and then used silver marker paint on the left over black edges. Little touches like this really add some fun to my workday and make me feel better about my own “footprint”.