Reduce paper usage with paper free bills

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reduce paperAccording to research done by Mandy Haggith; author of “Paper Trails“, the average person throws away 250kg of paper per year.

It is made up of junk mail, toilet rolls, magazines, receipts and other paper goods.

One simple thing you can do to reduce your paper footprint is to say no to paper bills. If you already pay by direct debit or standing order, then making the switch is simple.

Many companies will offer you a monetary incentive for this such as reduced fees, so it’s a win-win.

Most banks, electricity suppliers and telephone companies support paperless billing, so why not contact yours and see if you can go paper free?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. John Costigane says:

    Paper-free is the way to go, Mrs Green. A funny thing occurred after I set this up with British Gas. They later sent me an unwelcome gas+electric promo letter with a difference. This had no plastic window which must have been the first such type in many years. Has the penny finally dropped?

  2. I have been paper free for bills for ages ( can’t remember the last time I had a bill for a utility) the main one that we still get is the Council Tax, I can feel a phone call coming on next week.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: that’s good John. I still get rubbish through the post from people I have gone ‘paper free’ with, but it is minimal now.

    @maisie dalziel: Oh yes – council tax. Just once a year, but as it’s going to every home in the UK a paper-free way would be good. I need to get onto the water board too; they insist on sending us a paper pay-in book with our bill, despite the fact we pay through the bank.

  4. Carole says:

    I am paper free for my bank and for my electricity. I was signed up to no junk mail, but it had lapsed, so I’ve resigned up through the link that Mrs G provided, and I rarely get any rubbish now.

    Due to my own failings, I have not yet set anything up with South West Water (not sure if they do it, but will check, as it certainly hasn’t been offered to me), or my council tax. We have just switched over in Cornwall from seven individual district councils to one unitary council, and I know from trying to sort out my council tax online, that they aren’t too switched on as yet, but I will get there.

    Some weeks I get absolutely no mail at all and think the postman has forgotten me!

  5. Carole says:

    Oh, also forgot, I’m paper free for my mobile phone and my landline/broadband, I think aside from water and council tax, the only bill I get through the post are insurances (car/home etc). I guess if I phoned them, they’d renew by email.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Carole: Sounds a bit like us, Carole. Let us know if you have any luck with the council tax and water bills. We could raise an article on it if there are alternative means.

  7. @Carole: I have this as well Carole, I think when i get in oh postie hasn’t been yet!!:)

    I do occassionally get the maildrop leaflets which the postie delivers but that is when it is a relief postie rather than the usual one.

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