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The City of Portland, Oregon

Sustainability at Work

Providing free tools and expertise to achieve your goals

Phone: 503-823-7037


Ace your waste with dry erase

Dry erase name tentsReusable name plates

If you hold a lot of meetings where you use name tents, these are a great way to cut down on one-time-use paper, plus toner and copier wear and tear.

Refillable dry erase marker and refill

Refillable markers

With refillable whiteboard markers, there’s no need to toss the whole marker when the ink runs out.

There are a variety of brands available, and we recommend trying out a few to see which you like best.

Waste-free clean up

Whiteboard eraser and microfiber cloth

Whiteboard erasers work well on newer white boards and last forever.

Tip: Aim to erase white boards shortly after use. The longer the ink stays on the board (especially more than 24 hours), the harder it is to clean off.

Older whiteboards may need more than an eraser to get fully clean; try using microfiber cloths and spray cleaners.

Microfiber cloths can be used many times before washing. To clean, hand wash with dish soap and warm or cold water (not hot water), rinse and let air dry.

Make it easy with a meeting kit

In our office, we set up a kit with dry erase name tents and refillable markers, plus a spray bottle and cloth to clean off past names.

Staff check out the kit for meetings, and there's a bag included for taking it to off-site meetings.

Other dry-erase uses

Sign-in sheets: One local eye clinic created a dry erase sign-in sheet for all their patients. At the end of the day, they scan it for their records and then wipe it clean to be used the next day.

To-do list: Keep track of project timelines and to-do lists with a small whiteboard, where you can easily edit as you move through tasks.