A couple of weeks ago, a new reader asked a question on our FAQs page.
Jennifer wrote “What can I do with a ton of paper that’s printed/written on one side?
Now I’ve finished college I have loads of it. I’m planning to use the blank sides as scrap paper, but there’s only so much scrap paper I can use. Any ideas?”
To be honest I wasn’t really sure what to say. Here’s my answer:
“I would keep what you can use, and if it’s ok for other people to read what’s printed on the other side, someone from Freecycle might take the rest from you.
An artist might be able to use it to make notebooks for example. Otherwise you could print on the other side for non-important documents you print from your computer. “
I remember being in a similar situation to Jennifer a couple of years ago. In my local farm shop, instead of having a high tech till, every sale used to be written down by hand. I went in there one day and the lady was frantically searching for paper, so I said I’d take in a pile of scrap paper next time I went. She was overjoyed and so was I!
So over to you lovely people. A while ago your suggestions to Andrea for reusing vinyl banners was a resounding success. Let’s see if you can help Jennifer too.
What are your ideas for reusing a big pile of paper that has been printed on one side? Let’s up the stakes and assume recycling is not an option – let’s flex our brains and stretch our creativity by remembering that ‘reuse’ comes before recycling