- Kirsten Ballard
April 22 is Earth Day. This holiday was first celebrated in the 1970s, as a response to an oil spill. Now, it is celebrated by hundreds of countries across the globe. This Earth Day, find a new use for your newspaper (after you’re done reading it).
Newspapers were not designed as a permanent medium. In nature, the sheets break down in six weeks. Obviously, we advocate for the recycling of newspapers. But this weekend, try these other fun methods of reusing the paper.
In the Garden
When planting your spring garden, first put down a layer of newsprint before adding soil. This layer acts as organic material for your plants and prevents weeds from sprouting up. This chemical-free gardening method also helps save water.
On the windows
Instead of grabbing Windex and some paper towels, go a bit more natural for sparkling glass windows. Vinegar and newspapers are a fool-proof way to get streak free windows. It’s simple: mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.
You might remember our Christmas craft using newspapers to make ornaments. That’s just one idea of thousands on Pinterest that upcycle the news. And if you’re not into papier-mâché, the paper also makes a great drop-cloth for painting with children.
Many foil wrapping papers can’t be recycled. Instead, wrap a gift with newspaper and tie a bow around the present for a pop of color. Additionally, the paper works great for shelf liners and school text book covers.
Tired of your winter boots and purses losing form in your closet? Crumple up some newspapers and stuff them into the shoes or bags to help keep them looking good as new when you’re not using them.
Happy Earth Day from the News Media Alliance!