There are so many ways to reduce your impact on the environment. This is a list of a few ways to reduce paper usage. Paper usage has a huge impact on our environment and our landfill space.
You’ve probably already used a company such as Evite at some point. These types of invitations were once considered informal or cheap. Well they are free! But they are no longer considered rude or inappropriate for even formal events. And by paying a fee, you can get “upgraded” invite options. Evite has even been used for weddings. So use a company such as Evite.com and save some trees!
Electronic Thank You’s
While you can use a company such as Evite to also send out Thank You “cards”, I prefer Red Stamp. With Red Stamp, you can take a photo, write words on top of it and text or email it to whomever you intend the “thank you”. So, for example, you can take a picture of you and your new gift, write “Thank you so much. I love it!” on the photo and text it to your friend. Or take a picture of you and your guest and later send it to that guest with a message such as, “So glad you could come”.
There are other companies out there as well and other ways to do this. But Red Stamp is very easy to use. The best part about this type of “Thank you card” is that you’ll actually do it!
I keep a running grocery list in the Notes section of my phone. While a grocery list does not use a lot of paper, perhaps an idea like this will lead to using “Notes” more often for you. I know it has for me. If I hear something on the radio, or if someone recommends a book to me, I put it into the Notes. I also never lose my “notes” anymore.
Another way to avoid a paper grocery list (let’s face it, you leave it at home every time anyway), is to keep a running list on on a dry erase board in the kitchen. Take a photo of it before you go to the store (again, if you can remember). Delete it when done.
This is a hard one for people to adjust to. They fight this a lot. But once you get used to it, it really is convenient. First, you won’t forget your book at home. Your phone is always with you. Second, depending on how involved your life is, you can sync your calendar with work, other people of your family, etc. So you can use the calendar on your phone. If you want something else, there are sooo many options out there that I will leave that research to you. But I will mention just a few, both of which require a Google account and have good reviews: Google calendar and Sunrise calendar.
The key is to give this a try. You will get used to it and most likely, will eventually prefer the electronic options. And, of course, you’ll be saving the environment as well.