Start by eliminating junk mail. The average household receives 800 pieces every year. There are several websites that can help with this process if you don’t want to call each company directly. One such site, DMAchoice.org, will make sure you receive the mail you want while getting rid of the mail you don’t.
Next, buy recycled paper products, and I’m not just talking about office paper. Toilet paper is responsible for chopping one million trees every year. According to Greenpeace, Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of recycled toilet paper — just once. So look for products made with “post-consumer” recycled fiber.
Another way to save a forest without planting a tree is to borrow books! The average American family spends $118 on books, magazines, and newspapers every year so borrowing those items from the library will save money and waste a lot less paper! If you’re a student, look for opportunities to rent textbooks for class or buy used books instead of new.
Lastly, when shopping for furniture or other building materials, look for products certified by FSC or SFI. These agencies sets standards to ensure the product was from a forest with a strong sustainable forestry plan.