After my last post where I confessed to printing out things to read them rather than reading them online, I thought a post on “greening your writing” may be in order. I am very conscious of the environment, and there are many things we can do as writers to be more green. Here are a few to incorporate if you aren’t already doing them:
- Lengthen the life of your magazine subscription. Donate them to Salvation Army or Goodwill. Give them to others. Drop them off at a hair salon or leave them at your health club. (Just make sure to take your name and addy off first.)
- Recycle your paper. Sounds like a no-brainer, but do you recycle everything you can? Take a good, hard look and see if you are missing anything.
- Donate your old cell phone or printer cartridges. There are plenty of worthy causes, but why not check with your local animal shelter and see if they accept them. Help offset their costs.
- Utilize technology. I am going to try and use my iPhone for its calendar ability, as well as to write myself notes. I scan and send contracts whenever possible instead of printing them. (Watch it if you have your SS# on there–you may want to consider mail in that case.)
- Learn to do your books on the computer. I haven’t mastered this yet, but I’m taking baby steps.
- Embrace online banking.
- Dim your computer screen. It’s easier on your eyes and will save a smidge of energy.
Do you have any other green tips you can share with other writers? Feel free–we’d love to hear ’em!