July 21, 2010

How Much Money Do You Waste Printing Stuff?

How much money do you spend on inkjet printer cartridges each year? I know I'm throwing out way too much on the blasted things. While you can try to stick to a reduce/reuse/recycle mindset, there are some things you just can't get around ... or avoid printing.

I never print addresses on envelopes, for example. But when I'm shipping a package out with the US Postal Service's Priority Mail, I almost always use the inkjet printer.

It's impossible to deny that I create way too much paper in the process of research. Although most of it is hand scribbled. Not exactly the most efficient way to store information, but at least it's not bleeding the inkjet printer cartridges dry.

I started thinking about this (again) after compiling a list of companies for a new project this morning. After I loaded all the information into a word processor, I got the formatting straightened out and without thinking about it, started to reach for the print button.

I'm not sure exactly why.

Perhaps the act of committing ink to paper signifies something to the mind ... a permanence of the data, proof of the work, justification of the time spent gathering the information.

Or perhaps it's just a lazy bad habit ...

Posted by geekbooks at July 21, 2010 10:17 AM

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