How to go zero waste with magazine subscriptions
I have to make a confession. When it comes to magazines, I treat them like a lover. When one arrives at the door, I run upstairs with it, hidden away. I make sure Little Miss Green is happy doing something and then I sneak upstairs to bed for an hour of decadence.
It’s one of my ‘me time’ rituals that I love and I’m not sure I’m prepared to give up just yet.
Like Sue posted on my decluttering books article last week, I have piles of magazines and I do refer back to them. For me, magazines are harder to get rid of than books.
Occasionally I’ll have a declutter, but invariably the piles I am keeping are larger than those I am releasing.
But for those of you who are better behaved than I, I’ve come across a resource called Zinio. Zinio is an online publishing and distribution services company which has a digital magazine section.
What this means is, you can get access to nearly one thousand magazines online. The advantages are:
- Several million trees are saved
- The distribution impact on the environment is less (less fossil fuels jetting your paper and magazines to you and the postal service to distribute it to your home or local shop)
- You pay less than the cover price of a magazine
- You get them quicker than you could in the shops
- It’s a zero waste solution
- You can try just one edition of a magazine before subscribing to see if you like it
What I like about it, is you can get access to magazines that you cannot subscribe to over here in the UK. Some magazines I have looked at in the past are only small publications and are limited to shipping only within the country they are produced.
Zinio is one of those companies that is making the world a smaller place and market researchers believe that by 2020, e-paper will be a $25 billion industry.
I wouldn’t know the first thing about it, but you can access your favourite magazines one your PC, iPhone or iPod Touch anytime — before magazines hit newsstands.
In addition, these online magazines are interactive – you can click on embedded links to view video, audio and related stories. Because sometimes, just turning the page of a magazines isn’t enough stimulation, perhaps
An estimated 12 billion magazine issues are printed each year in the USA. Yet 70% of news stand copies go unsold. This means that nearly 35 million trees are chopped down each year to produce many issues that go unsold. I found that statistic shocking. Ok, paper can be recycled, but only 5 times before the fibres are too weak to be used any more.
For more ‘alternative’ magazines, I like Exact Editions. There are fewer magazines on this platform, just a page or so. You can read one free issue of each magazine, to see if you like something before you buy.
Magazines such as ‘The Ecologist’, ‘Green Parent’ and ‘New Consumer’ are listed on here, which are some of my favourites.
What I like about exact editions is that it is delivered in pdf files i.e. everything looks exactly as it would, if you had purchased a paper copy of the magazine. It’s easy to navigate too.
What about you? Are you a magazine hoarder, or do you think digital editions are a great idea?