As I noted in another posting, Paper is Dying. Very few of my customers want "hard copies" anymore, and most communicate by e-mail with .pdf attachments for documents. With large, dual-screen displays, there is no need to print out documents anymore, really.
But there are a few clients who still use paper, including one I am doing a search report for today. And I was alarmed to see I was actually running out of paper, as I haven't bought any in over a year.
I wanted to get the report out in today's mail, but there was not enough paper to print all the Patent References. Then it struck me. Duh! Use two-sided printing!
Most modern laser-printers can print on both sides of a piece of paper. It prints one side, spits out the paper, then sucks it back in, and then prints on the other side. It takes a little longer to do, but it cuts paper usage in half.
Now, granted, there are some documents you don't want to print on both sides - such as business letters (remember those?). But for the most part, the few things you do print anymore, can be printed on double-side - your Mapquest directions, or whatever.
It seems like a simple thing, but it does cut consumption in half. And in any endeavor, saving 50% is a sizable reduction.