Have you ever thought about saving your printed paper with errors? It’s one of the many ways you can reduce waste. Reducing paper consumption can help to not only save the environment, it can also save time and money! There are many ways in which you can save paper and some may surprise you, such as reusing your “ruined” sheets. Whether you misprinted or made too many copies, the other side of your printed sheets provide valuable space for you to use.

Here are 5 ways to reuse paper that has already been printed on:

#1. Save outdated letterhead and logo sheets for internal memos.

#2. Use sheets with mistakes on them to print test pages.

#3. Don’t print on them at all, but use the blank side to hang notes in the office.

#4. Use the blank side to print fax cover sheets.

#5. Print employee surveys, memos, training materials, etc on the blank side of used sheets.

If it’s not a legal document and not to be used for customer viewing, it’s fair-game for reusing paper.

Tweak these techniques to fit the individual needs of your office. There may be frequent pages you need to print for internal record-keeping that no one else will see. These are excellent opportunities to use paper that would normally be wasted. Whatever one-sided documents your business creates can be made more efficient by simply saving your errors.

How To Save The Paper

Again, this can be optimized for your office and your staff. You might keep a recycle bin or a decorative basket near the copier to hold scrap and reusable paper for your staff.  Or designate a printer for draft printing which is filled with reprinted paper. Staff can simply load that printer with the sheets with mistakes on them.

You will have to engage your employees in saving the paper, but that shouldn’t be difficult. If some people do give you a hard time about it, try a small reward program or some healthy competition or gamification to spark their interest in seeing how much paper can be reused.

Ask employees for ideas of what documents specific to your office can be printed on reused paper. It’s a great way to get them involved in your office’s sustainability efforts.