Itty Bitty Bonzai #11

August 25th, 2009 - filed under: Furthermore » Itty Bitty Bonzai

Itty Bitty Bonzai is a collection of tiny tips and tricks for living a life more mindful. Small actions, collectively and compounded, become a powerful force of change.

#11 We can all agree on the profound importance of recycling, right? For example, if each US resident would recycle 1 newspaper / week, we could save 36 million trees. How’s that for profound??

I think it’s safe to assume you readers are avid recyclers. (right?!?)

But what about the flipside? Recycling won’t mean a thing if there’s no use for recycled paper. It’s up to consumers (us!) to speak with our dollars and create a demand for post-consumer products. This does double duty environmentalism, as it saves both resources and energy. For example, newspaper made from recycled newsprint only requires half the energy input!

When buying recycled writing and printer paper, try to find the highest post-consumer content. 30% is a good ratio to aim for. Make sure the product is made without chlorine, as this toxin is a major pollutant. Also seek out sustainable fibers such as bamboo.



  • Heather

    Great tips…I’ll remember the 30% rule and the bamboo!
    One thing I’ve done to eliminate the whole recycled newspaper issue altogether is to read our local papers online. Or if I need to feel it in my hands or see some more pics, I’ll look at the actual thing at the library. Also, no more subscribed magazines for me….thank you local library :)

  • Sayward

    @ Heather – Yes, great points! Magazines are such a waste of paper, especially with the availability of online catalogues these days. I only ever by mags when I fly . . . and trashy gossip ones at that. Ooh, guilty pleasure. =)