One of the ways to conserve the environment is to recycle newsprint. The environmental organization Greenpeace specifies in an article that, although digital reading formats are growing, Western Europe and North America consume more than 50% of the world’s paper, while Europe and America use 6 times more paper than the average.
These figures are reflected in the hundreds of forests and ecosystems replaced by fast-growing tree plantations for the paper industry. By reusing it, you contribute to the recovery of forest masses. Do not throw away the old newspaper because it serves for the activities that we teach you below.
1. Wrap objects
This is perhaps the most common use newspapers receive after reading them. Pack delicate ornaments and the belongings that you will move in a move, so that they do not scratch or break. Because they are large pages, they are perfect for that purpose.
For added safety, first wallpaper simply and move to a second layer with crumpled paper. If it falls, it helps cushion shocks.
2. Clean glass
Newspapers are excellent glass cleaners. Its leaves work better than fabrics on crystals, to the point of removing stains and leaving them neat.
If you want to have glass doors, windows and other similar glossy surfaces, the solution is to recycle newspaper and use it for a perfect finish. With a little vinegar diluted in water or simply water moisten it and proceed to polish. Top with a dry leaf.
3. Ripen vegetables and fruits
Thanks to its absorbent particularity, it accelerates the ripening time of some fruits and vegetables: tomatoes, avocados and pears, for example. The key is to wrap and leave at room temperature until ready to consume.
4. Disappears odors
Even inside the fridge, newspaper eliminates unpleasant odors. Cover the bottom of the vegetable drawer and you will notice that the stench and moisture are gone.
In the case of containers in which you store food, fill them with a piece of newspaper overnight to consume fetidity. It has the same effect on briefcases, suitcases, duffel bags and plastic.
5. Make origami
This is the most fun and didactic way to recycle. Origami is also known as origami and is considered an incentive for children’s cognitive and motor skills, according to a publication in the Journal of Education Sciences.
What to do? Save old newspapers and download some tutorials on the internet to teach your children how to build figures. In fact, don’t limit yourself. Together with them, go ahead and fold the paper! Origami Fácil is one of the many sites with step-by-step guides.
6. Use it as an overfloor for your pets
Whether in a cage tray or directly on the floor, with newspaper you clean up your pets’ needs easier. Make it a habit to use a space where you have the old pages of the journal.
7. Dry your shoes
When you arrive from the street with your shoes wet from the rain, nothing better than wrapping them in newspaper to absorb moisture, avoid mold and do not acquire a bad smell.
8. Make notepads or cards
If you chop the newspaper, wet it and mix it in the mixer until it forms a paste, you create your own recycled paper. On a smooth surface you stretch the dough and wait for it to dry. Then you cut out the shape you want to create cards, invitations or eco-friendly notepads.
9. Make crafts
Recycling newspaper allows you to make crafts, such as decorative boxes, frames for photographs or mirrors and others:
- Lining gifts: it is an uncommon wrapper. To get more attention take the pages or sections with funny graphics, advertising or comic strips.
- Baskets: Cut strips of paper and knit wicker style. It serves to store magazines or not so heavy objects.
- Decorated walls: select a wall of your house and upholstery with newspaper: you leave the conventional and the stay will be spectacular.
Why is it important to recycle newsprint?
The newspaper that is not reused ends up as waste. Most of the daily waste corresponds to paper.
When you recycle, in addition to saving money, you collaborate with the environment, mainly with the forests cut down to obtain cellulose. Consuming little and recycling more also means fewer trees razed, saving water and energy.
It also lowers the risk of respiratory or heart disease. A study by the Spanish Association of Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Manufacturers published in 2003 notes that paper recycling contributes to the highest rate of reduction of greenhouse gases; a major threat to the protection of the ozone layer. By recycling, you breathe better.
Latest tips for recycling newsprint
Papermaking goes hand in hand with deforestation. Although a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says that in the last five years the annual rate of deforestation was reduced from 12 to 10 million hectares, more can still be done to help the planet.
Some basic tips applicable from home are to use second-hand books or libraries; if it is necessary to print a document do it on both sides; unsubscribe from receiving advertising that does not interest you by post; Do not throw the paper in the trash, but deposit it in the containers for that purpose.
The most important tip is to spread the word among family, friends and neighbors to promote the culture of recycling.