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Green Tips

Green Tip #11
Reduce Paper Use

Reducing the amount of paper we use and reusing paper is good for the environment. It is also a good idea to use paper and other wood products that contain recycled fiber. This helps stretch our forest resources and it also helps control waste disposal problems.

Here are some ideas to save paper:

  • Get off junk mail lists to save paper - go to to learn more.
  • Double up on printing – configure your printer so it prints on both sides of the page.
  • Use your local library and other public amenities – it saves money and printing resources.
  • Keep files digital - think twice before printing computer files to save time, money and natural resources.
  • How many phone books do you need? Stop getting those bulky throwbacks by contacting the manufacturer (their contact information is usually listed on the phonebook’s inside cover) and asking to be taken off their mailing list. Use online phonebooks or search the web to find what you need instead.

Visit these websites to see all the recycled paper and other products available. Also consider using a search engine to look-up “recycled paper” for more information.

New Leaf Paper
“New Leaf Paper leads the paper industry in the development and distribution of environmentally superior printing and office papers. We focus on producing paper using high post-consumer recycled content and most of our papers are whitened without chlorine or chlorine compounds.”

Rethink Paper
“As a trailbreaker, ReThink Paper has been in the business of charting a precise course of action towards the solutions for wood use reduction. In order for ReThink Paper to be successful in charting this course, it is necessary for the American people to engage in the environmental impacts that surround the disjointed subject of paper."


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Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
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The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
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Decatur, IL 62521
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