Monday, October 3, 2011

It's Newspaper Month!

 It's true, a whole month to celebrate newspaper!  A whole month to celebrate the knowledge gained from centuries of headlines.  A whole month to celebrate laughter generated from the reading of the "Sunday Funnies."  A whole month to celebrate the loss of millions of trees annually and the pollution generated from the production of said paper pulp. 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I don't believe in extremism to get an environmental message across.  I do believe in finding fun easy ways that anyone can take small actions to make improvements to their own environments.  So for the purposes of this blog, that's what I'll focus on.   

While the internet has promoted a huge decline in the number of print newspapers, I think some form of newspaper will be around for a long time to come.  Here are some fun ways to reuse the newspaper that lingers and in the process cut back on the products you consume that are made from virgin materials.

1.  Need a gift bag?  I used this video tutorial to make bags for my customers to take their purchases home in but the are also great for gift giving.  I did make one adjustment on the handles; instead of using rope try braiding strips of old grocery shopping bags.

2.  Newspaper even makes great wrapping paper.  Try the comics section of the Sunday paper for a little color.

3.  And who knew what beautiful jewelry newspaper could make?

4.  Roll up sheets of newspaper into small tubes and use them as seed starters.

5.  Compost it!

Do you do anything interesting with your extra newspapers?  Post below and share your ideas with everyone.


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