Monday, July 28, 2008

Change The Margins

This is a simple, yet great idea. Change the Margins is a campaign to save the environment by changing paper margins.

This project is the brainchild of Tamara Krinsky, an aspiring actress and writer. She tried to save paper because she was poor, not because she was an environmentalist. Narrow margin settings = more text per page = less paper used = fewer $$. As her career progressed, she became more financially stable, but she still saved paper. With sustainability on the minds of everyone, saving paper doesn't just mean saving dollars anymore. It means saving the planet.

Tamara Krinsky's light bulb moment came when she asked herself "What if you could get people to adopt changing paper margins on a large scale?" This meant individuals as well as companies. She knew getting people to adopt this ideas would result in: less paper consumption = saving trees = less waster.

Check out the website at to see the campaign goals, the targeted companies, and to learn how to change your margins. The number one goal is to convince Microsoft to change the default margin settings in Microsoft Word to .75 on all sides. You can even sign the Microsoft petition on the website.

As the website says "When it comes to environmental disaster, the margin for error is small. Here's one step we can all take..."

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