Saving Paper :: Big Ways and Small Ways

Save Paper NowI found two new ways to save paper today. One has to do with phone books and the other has to do with airline ticket jackets. First and more importantly, who uses paper phone books anymore? Not too many people actually look up a number anymore – there are many electronic ways to get telephone numbers today. So, be sure to recycle your old phone books – don’t just toss them in the garbage! You can go to one of the many dropoff locations if you don’t have recycling in your neighborhood. Or, better yet – call Verizon and ask them to take you off their phone book delivery list at 1-800-888-8448. If you haven’t used a telephone book in over a year, chances are you aren’t going to in the future.

Next, Delta Air Lines is the first airline to stop the use of paper ticket jackets when people check in at the airport. The vast majority of people use electronic ticketing anyway so it’s not that big of a deal, but a small paper saving nonetheless and one that’s sure to catch on to other airlines.

It’s kind of funny but we still get requests from customers who want us to send them a real estate book. There hasn’t been real estate books in years. Every Tampa Bay MLS listing is online we always tell them. Yet there’s still people who don’t believe us. A very small segment of people, mostly older, will ask us to send them listings by mail. We are always happy to accomodate this type of person. After all, not everyone is comfortable online and as Real Estate agents we need to be sensitive to this. But, we always have someone patient available to help any customer learn how to search for properties on our website. So, if this is you, don’t hesitate to ask!

Another funny real estate story. One of our “hopefully” future customers is tired of looking at the photos of our listing in Chateaux Des Lacs on our website. So, they asked their Realtor to ask us to PRINT out the photos for them so that they can look at them from their lounge chair. What’s a listing agent to do? Of course, I said. PRINT PRINT PRINT. Unfortunatley, sometimes we just can’t save paper, but often times we can.

Any other new ideas on saving paper? Let me know in the form of a comment below.

6 Replies to “Saving Paper :: Big Ways and Small Ways”

  1. Great suggestions. I know I haven’t picked up a phone book in a long time!

  2. How funny. We get a lot of people who would like us to send them hard copies of our relocation guides as opposed to downloading them in PDF. Occasionally we get someone who would like listings mailed to them as well. Different generations, and different ways of doing things I guess.

    I gotta admit, sometimes I feel like I can’t take anymore technology changes with the web, blackberrys, laptops, car engines etc etc etc… Haa

  3. How true that is…With all the technology that is available there is no reason why we cant get to a paperless operation. I suspect there will be a day in the near future when this will become more of a reality. Until then, hit the print button!

  4. Another thing we can do as real estate business is encourage everyone to print on both sides of a page. If we did this for all of our listings and contracts, we not only would save on paper, but on storage room needs.

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