I’m a lawyer. I do a lot of scribbling on paper. Notes. Phone numbers. Client comments. Problems. Flow charts. Ideas. Cartoons. And so on. When I’m done and no longer need my scribbles, I toss out the sheet and have a fresh, blank page staring at me. What’s interesting is that I haven’t used a yellow or white lined legal pad in years (unless I happen to be in a meeting).
I have a printer outside my office. It sometimes spits out more than is needed. Rather than pitch the nearly-blank pages, I save them. Turn them over and clip ’em together. And use them as a “legal pad.” I figure that over the years, I’ve saved a tree or two. Just from using paper that’s blank on one side with some words on the other.
I feel pretty strongly about conservation. And recycling. My trademark JUST TURN IT OFF® says it all (see post of July 23, 2011). Why can’t we all conserve water, energy and clean air (see May 21, 2012); stretch products like shampoo (see April 11, 2013); reuse “zarfs” (see October 29, 2015); reuse bags (see August 6, 2012). Each one of us has potential to make a big difference in the world. Just think if everyone . . . . . .
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” — John Wooden