Journals, publications and leaflets
Apologies if this has been discussed in the past.
The journals that we get from our Royal College (RCPsych) could be an electronic journal. Most of us tend to accumulate the journals which end up being thrown every few months. I still have my ex-wife's old collection from her own Royal College at home to be thrown away. We not only throw the journals but also pay for the cost of the paper and the transport. All the journals arrive in plastic bags.
I recently realized that some Trusts print their own patient information leaflets. Some of these are copyrighted with the Trust's logo. There will be groups set up by all these Trusts to produce and review these leaflets on a regular basis.
There are a plethora of leaflets by different Royal Colleges, some of which are too long with a couple black pages. So are many of the documents from NICE. I feel that almost all of the these can be shortened to include only the necessary information. References should only be online if individuals are interested to find out. I am sure people have seen NICE guidelines booklets where the entire front page is blue which uses a lot if ink when printed on an black ink printer. NICE badly needs a sustainability champion to screen their publications since it is one organization that almost every clinician is connected to.
I have looked some leaflets produced by the Trust I work for. Some of these are bright coloured leaflets which when printed on the common printers use a lot of ink. I am in the process of shortening some of the leaflets and making sure they will use less ink.
I am calling for action from all the Royal Colleges, GMC and individual Trusts to make their publications lean, with perhaps a logo that says that it has been screened by a sustainability champion. I also feel that Trusts can work together to produce leaflets which others can use without copyright restrictions, rather than the current plethora.
Leaflets from www.ukppg.org.uk are I feel the best in terms of being concise, without wasting space and not using much ink.
In this century with easy internet access I feel that all websites should be urging people to avoid printing them if they can.