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More Ways To Recycle Old Newspapers

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Recyle And Repurpose Newspapers

We all have them, even if it's just a bulky Sunday newspaper. The question is what to do with them after w ehave digested the news, read the comics and checked our lottery numbers, Well, if you are lucky enough to have a community like mine, where they recycle, you have it made. For most people they are stuck with a heavy garbage bag full of newspapers. Here are 10 useful ideas to repurpose those papers and go a little green.

Have You Ever Considered What Not Reusing Means

Thought you might want to consider the facts on newspaper recycling ! I have looked at the facts and have decided that it's worth the effort to at least use newspaper at least one additional use.

  • 500,000 trees are cut down to make one week's Sunday paper
  • If all our newspapers were recycled we could save 250,000,000 trees a year
  • Recycling a single run of the New York Times would save
  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees

Check out these and more recycling facts at the University of Indiana

Use Newspaper Instead Of Cloth Rags And Paper Towels

To clean your windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces, use your newspappers. For whatever reason, newspaper is the perfect solution for getting a shine on glass and mirrors.Just tear into strips of about 3 inches (7.5cm) in width and ball these up. Use them the same way you would a paper towel.Use crumpled newspapers to polish chrome fixtures around the house. The ink is a great polishing agent!

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Start Your Seedlings in Newspaper Pots

They can be transplanted into the ground without removing the seedlings

To make your own seed starting pot is very simple. First, take a sheet of newspaper and fold it in half so that it is about the length of a can of soda and then just roll the soda can until it wraps around the can. After that just fold in one end of the newspaper to make the bottom and you have a quick and cheap pot for starting seeds that you made from newspapers that you were just going to throw away.

Use Newspaper To Store Your Dress Shoes, Hats and Purses

Tightly wadded, newpaper will help keep the shape and form of these items.

Newspaper In RainSoaked Shoes

Stuff newspaper into rain soaked shoes. The paper will help absorb the moisture and allow the shoes to dry much faster

Use Newspaper in Your Suitcase, Duffle Bag and BriefCase

It will draw out the musty odors and smells just like baking soda in your refrigerator Leave it in a few days and you will be surprized at the results. This idea also works great for any plastic container that might have an odor

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Wrapping Gifts In Newspaper

Might sound odd, but you can get some elegant gift wrap out of the simplicity of black and white print

Here are more ideas for using newspapers to solve your gift wrap solutions:

Make a simple gift bag with newspaper. Great last minute idea. Also a perfect idea for a masculine gift. Learn how to make this gift bag right here

Newspaper Envelopes

Have you ever considered making envelopes with newspapers? Here are the directions for making these colorful envelopes.

Have you ever considered making envelopes with newspapers? Here are the directions for making these colorful envelopes.

Ripen Tomatoes or Avacados in Newspaper.

Wrap hard avacados or under-ripe tomatoes in newspaper to speed up thier ripening

Use Newspaper To Keep Weeds Out of Your Garden

Use it as a makeshift weed barrier or ground cover . you can also use it as the "brown part of your compost bin.Garden mulch - Spread newspaper flat or shredded around the base of plants or between rows of plants. Water thoroughly. Will discourage weed growth.Another way to recycle newspapers is in the garden, using the newspaper as mulch. Simply lay out the sections, overlapping them in heavy mat around the plants. This provides a great way to keep the weeds out and helps keep moisture around the plants. Cover the exposed paper with compost mixture and you've got a well-protected garden.

Recycled Newspaper Craft Projects

More Newspaper Recycling Ideas

  • Wrap around ice cream containers to carry to parties, to keep it cool.
  • Kitty litter liner - Use several sheets folded up to line the bottom of your kitty litter box.
  • Garbage can liner - use several sheets of folded newspaper to line the bottom of your kitchen garbage can. It'll help absorb liquids and odors.
  • Sop/Sponge - use to sop up grease from oven, stovetop, driveway, etc.
  • Kitty litter liner - Use several sheets folded up to line the bottom of your kitty litter bo
  • Use newspaper in packing as a cushion for delicate items
  • Use newspaper for lining the bottom of your bird's cage
  • When you're painting a window frame, wet a strip of newspaper and stick it to the window. It will protect the glass and peel off easily.

Recyled Newspaper Crafts For Kids

  • Baggy Fish
    Create your own puffy fish-with paper lunch bags! Paint and stuff a whole school of these delightful creatures.
  • Comic Wrapped Ball
    This is a fun and easy crafting with kids project. Recycle your favorite comic strip from the newspaper or a comic book and decoupage them on to STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls. Kids will love picking out their own design and displaying these in their ro
  • Newspaper Log Cabin
    Made from magazines or newspaper this is a clever craft perfect for the Thanksgiving season.

Recycled Newspaper Basket

Recycled Newspaper Basket

Recycled Newspaper Basket

More Newspaper DIY Containers

Why not use newspapers to decoupage and create storage containers for your home? It is easy to use and readily available. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Make A Newspaper Flower

More Newspaper Flower Ideas

There are so many options when it comes to making flowers from newspaper !

How about a wedding toss bouquet ? These lovely flowers are made out of newspapers. With a glue gun, some newspaper, scissors and some wire, you can make these simple rose flowers.Learn how to create this bouquet

Origami shaped flowers are so easy, even your children can make these flowers from your old newspapers. Check out how Mommy Doodles created these lovely flowers

Mike Montano shows you how to add colors to newspaper flowers. This tutorial includes a video, some templates and lots of ideas. Get all the ideas that you need to create these colorful flowers.

Recycle Newspapers In The Craft Room

I use a lot of newspaper in my craft room. Anytime I glue, paste, paint or anything messy, I line my work area with newspaper

© 2014 Linda F Correa

Let's Wrap It Up ! - We'd love to hear your comments,ideas and tips

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on September 24, 2014:

Great idea for anyone with a fireplace ! Could be used in an outdoor fire pit too ! Thanks for sharing

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on September 24, 2014:

Great idea for anyone with a fireplace ! Could be used in an outdoor fire pit too ! Thanks for sharing

Aubrey Durkin from Tucson, Arizona on September 23, 2014:

I bought a cheap shredder and a fire brick maker. Another way to recycle them and heat your house! :)

Ninche on May 28, 2012:

Such a great ideas - I especially like the clock!