9 ways to reuse paper at home
Do you feel guilty binning loads of scrap paper, junk mail or flyers into the recycling bin? All that perfectly good, hardly even used paper - which is such a waste.
With a greater focus on recycling and sustainability than ever before, it’s time to start looking at renewable solutions closer to home. While there are plenty of recycling plants around the country, you can also make the most of recycling at home. One thing you use every day is paper, so let’s look at how to recycle paper at home.
You can recycle paper through conventional methods, but you can do it yourself. Here’s how:
- Mulch or Compost
Compost gives you an easy way to add nutrient-rich humus to your garden which helps the growth of fuel plants and restores vitality to depleted soil. Paper can help promote plant growth, and you can do this by tearing waste paper into small strips and leaving it in the soil next to your plants. This gives plants the moisture and nutrients they need to grow healthy.
- Packing Material
Used paper is an excellent option for protecting items and packages during transit. It’s lightweight enough so that it won’t increase shipping costs, and you can also use it to protect items when moving them to storage. Plus, paper is easy to label and is cost efficient.
- Transform It Into New Paper
If you love doing crafts, you can transform used paper into new paper. You will need:
- Empty picture frame
- A bowl
- A sponge
- A towel
The process is a little complicated if you’ve never done it before, but it is also fun. All you need to do is: Attach the mesh to the frame, shred and blend any old paper in the bowl to create a pulp, lower the frame into the mix, pull the frame back out, squeeze any remaining water out and then leave for at least 24 hours to fully dry.
4. Gift Wrap
For wrapping presents, reuse comics, sheet music or even plain brown packaging paper. Using gift tags made from scrap paper and leftover ribbons you can dress them up. A fun idea for small gifts is to use inside-out business envelopes to package a present, which reveals the pretty blue or grey protection pattern inside.
5. Window Cleaning
For sparkling, streak-free windows nothing beats newspaper and vinegar.
6. Gift Basket Filling
If you are thinking of making a hamper for a nice gift or present, simply shred wrapping and tissue paper and use it as a filler in DIY gift baskets or even Easter baskets.
7. Homemade Cards
A nice way to reuse Christmas or Birthday cards is to cut out the pictures (e.g flowers, cartoons, animals etc) and use them to create a new card.
8. Doodle Pad
To make your own DIY doodle pad, tear up some used paper into quarters and stack them neatly. If you have a clip or staple, clip the pages in place. This doodle pad can be used for drawing or for taking down any messages or reminders.
We use so much paper every day that there has to be some use for it and recycling paper at home can provide many more benefits than you initially believed.