Instead of throwing away copy paper that has been run through the printer or copier, I have started to save them. Place the used paper in a file folder or appropriate sized box to keep the corners flat and paper unwrinkled. I then use the back of these sheets to print proof reading copies or other things where it doesn't matter if the back has already been used. It can really save money and resources. I do this at home and at work and feel good about getting all the use I can out of every sheet of paper.
By Beverly from Lambert, MS
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Often when I print out items from the internet, like free knitting patterns, and so on, I end up with pages of almost empty printed pages. I gotten into the habit of saving them to use when I happen to run out of paper.
As a bookkeeper, I go through scads of calculator tape. Yes, I'm old fashioned and still like to see my input. I only rip the tape off at the end of the day and the next day I use the clean backside of yesterday's tape for today's use.
In my office, we get a lot of junk faxes and other used paper, old statements, cover sheets etc that are no longer needed. Instead of throwing these papers away I take them home for my kids to draw on. Of course there is no personal info on the paper.
If you are like me, you have a tablet and pen beside the phone. Once a message is written and dealt with, I then put a big "X" through it, telling me it's no longer valid.
The best way to not waste paper is to avoid using it, but that is nearly impossible. Many people don't have digital access and still have to rely on paper copies of everything. Instead, we need to recycle it and find ways to utilize every inch of paper so nothing is wasted.
This is about paper. Any and all kinds of paper. The appearance of it; the feel of it; even the magic smell of it. Newspaper. Catalog paper. Wrapping paper. Wall-paper, but most of all stationery. That is writing paper. I love the history of papyrus, Chinese paper, Japanese paper.
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I collect all A4 sized paper only that come with junk mail and any old letters, etc and use the blank side for typing on. I place them in my printer blank side down (in my case) and print on it. This is for editing purposes or printing information I simply want for my own use. I have also requested family and friends collect the paper for me also.
I usually sort them and discard any that would not be suitable such as wrinkled or torn edges and make sure any staples are removed. Also I do not use the very shiny paper.
We collect the stickers (lots in contests and magazine subscription offers) and good pictures from junk mail, ads and magazines for decorating packages. I use brown paper or tissue paper and glue on the bright images and stick on the stickers. Also good for making greeting cards. I keep a box especially for this and when I find a fun image, I clip it out and put it in the box. That way there are always plenty to choose from. The kids love to do this, too. Friends love our novelty packages!
My friend works for a large company where they do all of their office printing via a central LAN printer. A banner page prints between each job, to identify who the output belongs to. My friend puts all of banner these sheets aside and when she has a boxful, she gives them to me. I reuse them in my home office to print rough drafts.
My children like to color and draw on any paper that has a blank side. Anything else I shred for packages I mail.
I save pictures & stickers.I've backed some of the "collector plates" with cardboard & hung them on the wall. I've made Christmas ornaments. I have envelopes full of the stuff everywhere,even scrapbooks .I've also made fridge magnets. It's free, fun & a form of recycling.
I used to work at a copy and shipping center, where it seemed we were always in need of shredded paper, for packing (especially at the Christmas season). Most shipping centers will gladly accept your clean paper and shred it for packing material, they may even be willing to pay a minimal fee for the material if it can be provided on a regular basis (delivered).
I reuse wrapping paper and tissue paper for gift wrap. If the paper is too worn out, I sometimes cut little sections of it and glue it on a plain colored paper.
- Dianne Roe
I use thick layers of newspaper as mulch in the garden.
I've heard of using the store flyers that come in your newspapers, as well as the Sunday comics as unique giftwrap.
Also, when my hubby was working for another company, they switched out all their letterhead stationary, envelopes, address labels, etc. & tossed them in the trash. Hubby asked if he could have them, they all looked at him like he'd lost his mind & said yes. To this day, I'm still using some of it!! You might watch for businesses going out of business & approach them for their office supplies, paper or other, that they'll be doing away with. On that same note, I also got a postal meter when the company hubby worked for went to a digital postal meter. There is nothing wrong with the one, that he brought home, they no longer wanted!!
I use old newspapers as temorary plant pots, which I then plant into the ground. I also use newspaper while cleaning out my hamster cate.
I found simple instructions for recycling paper on the internet. I think I got them at About.com but I'm not sure. You just tear your paper (all kinds - what kinds you use determine what color the paper you make will be) into small pieces and throw it into the blender with some warm water (I soaked mine for a few hours first). You can also add odd fibers (I used some from the wild cane that grows behind our house), leaves (I used those too) and I even threw in a few broken eggshells :) You blend it up and then strain it over a frame made from a wire coat hanger pulled into a square with old pantyhose stretched over it. As you work on it, dip it into a shallow pan with a few inches of water and a Tbsp or two of white glue in it. This helps the pulp to stay together. Pat it down to size, dry and iron. I am drying mine on old folded newspapers. Some people hang theirs to dry, but I didn't want to try to peel mine up until they are more solid. NOTE: ALWAYS USE WAY MORE WATER THAT PAPER IN YOUR BLENDER, MINE ALMOST CAUGHT ON FIRE :) I have my first batch drying now and I got a beautiful light brown heavy textured artsy paper that I am going to stencil on to make gifts for Christmas. They will be very nice and unique framed when I am finished. Hope this helps you.
Make Scratch Pads
Cut into about 3-1/2" wide strips and clip with a binder clip and use for scratch pads.
Uses The Other Side For Testing
Print on the other side of the paper, when testing a project that you are creating, before the final copy.
Make Scratch Pads From Junk Mail
Save the coupons you get in the mail with blank backs; use for scratch pads.
Use the notices that come home from school (and we all know that there are tons!) as scratch paper - in addition to saving money you're recycling!
By Kelly Wakefield
There are many pieces of paper that come your way that you can cut and reuse for lists and notes. This can save you money and reduce your waste.