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To save paper and ink, preview your documents before you print. Ensure you have the correct number of copies and destination, and use such handy functions as print selection and print manager. It only takes a second or two more, but can save a lot of waste.

Paper accounts for more than half of all rubbish generated. Do your part to reduce the amount of waste by sending only exactly what you want to be printed to the printer. Most programmes make it easy by allowing you to highlight what you need, then tick a box called “print selection.” You can also specify a page number or range. Microsoft Word allows you to easily output two (or more) reduced-size pages on a single sheet.

Printing only the key information will also help you simplify clutter, and avoid the hassle of hunting through reams of repeated email signatures and other useless text. When printing off the Web, there are few things more maddening than ending up with copies of adverts, footers and everything else but what you wanted.

This week’s eco tip is courtesy of Brian Clark Howard at


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