If you get the newspaper delivered to your home, you may want to reconsider. If you truly read that sucker cover to cover DAILY, or at least mostly read it, then it’s a better deal for the planet and your footprint due to the energy it takes to manufacture, ship out, and even recycle the paper.
If you find that you don’t have the time to read the paper or you only read the Sunday ed. why not cancel the daily paper and switch to weekend only. You’ll save resources, money, and time.Another option is to subscribe online. Most newspapers offer full subscriptions online now and even if you figure in the energy you’ll use at the computer, it’s still way greener than the “paper” paper version.
That said, some folks do read the newspaper all week long, and if you’re among those folks then you likely have a good stack of newspapers going on. In good news, newspaper is 100% recyclable and easy to recycle. Most cities have decent paper recycling even if their other programs could use some work. Before you recycle though, why not make that newspaper work double time. Here are some ideas…
- Newspaper makes a great window washing ‘cloth’ and offers totally streak free cleaning to boot.
- Place crumpled up newspaper in your storage trunks or chests or even place it in an old musty suitcase. Newspaper naturally absorbs icky odors and thus keeps the smell off the items you’re storing.
- Use the comics or other interesting pages to wrap gifts.
- If you have enough newspaper you can make some DIY fireplace logs
- Use old newspaper in the garden as mulch; it’s not the most optimal mulching choice, but does work.
- Use it as packing material – although be careful not to pack items that will easily get stained with newspaper ink.
Newspaper is one of those items with literally dozens and dozens of uses. What else can you think of?