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“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

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Fact: Printer ink/toner cartridges run anywhere from $20 to $100 dollars.
Tip: Print in “draft” setting for non-finals. Draft settings use about half as much toner as high-quality settings.

Fact: Energy saved in production of recycled paper is as high as 68% of that of tree-pulp paper (Source: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries). Recycled paper produces 35% less water pollution and 74% less air pollution (Source: EPA).
Tip:  Print double-sided using recycled paper when possible, and especially for non-final drafts. For 1-sided prints, reuse paper as scrap and scratch paper. Then recycle.

Tip: One 500-sheet ream of nonrecycled paper requires about .06 of a tree. Bowker estimates 2.3 million self-published books in the USA in 2023, and 500,000-to-1 million traditionally-published. Assuming one ream per draft, and 3 million books annually, 180,000 trees are consumed each year per draft.  Use recycled paper.

Tip: Look for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-Certified paper.

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