Old news is good news
or at least the paper it's written on.
From cover to cover, newspaper's best features are its ability to
absorb and cushion. Here are eight good uses for newspaper once
you've read it:
1. Line your pet's litter
box with newspaper. It will soak up fluids and odor so that you
won't have such a miserable time cleaning up the box when you remove
the litter. You may even be able to go a little longer between complete
litter box changes.
2. Spread newspaper
out on a table or workspace when you're doing any crafts involving
glue, paint, glitter, water colors. When you're done, just fold
the newspaper up and toss it.
3. Crumple it up and
stuff it in shoes and purses to help them keep their shape. You
know how shoe salespeople always try to sell you those devices to
keep your shoes inflated? With newspaper you can accomplish that
just as well without spending extra money.
4. Line your refrigerator
drawers with it. Newspaper is great for absorbing spills and the
seepage from those overripe tomatoes and other veggies that you
often forget about. You'll save yourself a lot of scrubbing when
you empty a drawer from the fridge because the newspaper soaks up
all the yuck. In fact, use newspaper to line any drawers that are
prone to spills or moisture. When the newspaper gets soiled, it's
easy and inexpensive to remove and replace.
5. Use newspaper to
pack or store breakables from impact. It's lightweight and creates
a great buffer for dishes, glasses and ceramics when you're moving
from one location to another. Newspaper is also a lot cheaper and
easier to get rid of than other packing materials, such as Styrofoam
6. Use newspaper to
wrap up fresh vegetables from the farmer's market or fish from fish
shops. The newspaper does a good job of confining the freshness
of fruits and vegetables and the odors from smelly seafood.
7. Wrap up wet paint
brushes in newspaper. The newspaper absorbs the water and allows
them to dry faster.
Did you know?
Americans throw away the equivalent of more than 30 million trees
in newsprint each year.
Americans discard 4 million tons of office paper every year. That's
enough to build a 12 foot-high wall of paper from New
York to California.
Recycling half the world's paper would free 20 million acres of
Recycling one stack of newspapers about six feet tall saves the
life of one tree 35 feet tall. Recycling approximately one
ton saves 17 trees.
If you stacked up all the paper an average American uses in a year,
the pile would be as tall as a two-story house.
If you and your family recycled a ton of writing paper, you would
save as much as 7,000 gallons of water. How much
water is that? You would have to drink 130 glasses every day for
more than a year to get that much water.
The EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results
in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water
pollution. This means that every ton of recycled paper keeps almost
60 pounds of pollutants out of the atmosphere that
would have been produced if the paper had been manufactured from
More than a half-million trees are used to produce the 88% of Sunday
newspapers that are never recycled.
Every ton of recycled paper saves approximately four barrels of
oil, 4200 kilowatt hours of energy and enough energy to heat and
air-condition the average North American home for almost six months.
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