Friday, March 05, 2010

Authors Going Green

As part of an industry that was built on paper, it's important for each of us to do our part in preserving the environment. It doesn't have to mean never revising a manuscript via a hard copy, but with some minor adjustments we just might be able to make a difference.

Here are a few tips:
Print your manuscript (for revisions) on the backside of previously printed paper. And when you do need paper, try to purchase recycled paper with a high post-consumer content & minimum chlorine bleaching (envelopes too)
Drink tea while you write? Opt for the pillow-style, natural fiber tea bags. Why? By eliminating the strings, tags, staples, & individual wrappers, these tea bags save more than 3.5 million pounds of waste from entering the landfills each year
Submit your work via email whenever possible. Even if a rejection comes, at least you can feel good about saving a tree!
Set computers to energy-saving settings and shut it off when you're not using it.
If each of us were to make just one change, the impact would be amazing. Do you have any good tips to share?


Isao said...

Bringing our mugs to our office (Starbucks) - kick out the paper cups. I admit, this is what I should have been doing. I'll do it first thing this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.
Oh maybe we should write in our apartment with the doors closed, with no distractions...

Michelle said...

@lsao: That's a good one! I use a cup in the office but I always forget to bring a mug with me on my trips to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts...I need to make a conscious effort to do that.