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15 Ways to Reuse Newspaper

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11. Papier mache. Get crafty with that old newsprint! You can make all sorts of fun papier mache projects, like a piñata (pictured above) or cool bangle bracelets.

12. Donate them. Your local animal shelter can use newspapers to line their cages. Some even shred them up to use as kitty litter, when the budget is tight. You can also donate them to thrift stores, where they’ll use them to pack up fragile items that sell.

13. Line the puppy crate. Dog owners who are crate training can use old newspapers to line the puppy crate. It makes cleanup much easier when your sweet pup has an accident.

14. Make handmade paper. Grab your blender and turn old newspaper into pretty, recycled paper. Handmade paper is great for making invitations and little cards. You can also mix some seeds into your paper pulp to turn newsprint into recycled seed paper that your recipients can plant!

15. Spin it into yarn. Feeling crafty? If you’ve got a spindle handy, you can whip up recycled newspaper yarn, then knit or crochet your paper into anything you like!

Of course, the best way to reduce the amount of newspaper waste in your life is to avoid picking up a physical newspaper at all. You can read news online or subscribe to a paper on your e-reader instead of buying a paper paper. It’s a little bit harder to stop getting junk mail, but companies like Manilla are working to make that a bit easier.

What other ways have you guys reused old newspaper? Let’s keep the reuse inspiration going in the comments!

Image Credit: Photo by Julie Finn at Crafting a Green World. Used with permission.

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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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9:45PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

interesting tips...will use newspapers to ripen my avocados

7:37PM PST on Dec 5, 2013

Interesting ideas, thank you.

7:37PM PST on Dec 5, 2013

Interesting ideas, thank you.

5:41AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thanks .

1:32PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Good ideas,thanks for sharing

2:24AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013


4:53PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Great tips! Thanks!

7:48AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012


8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Will certainly try a newspaper out and see if it shines up my sink, never tried that one before.
I do put it on the bottom of the veggie crisper, always helps if something leaks.
Am not sure if I would want to use it as fuel in the fireplace though as the inks likely have a lot of chemicals in it.
So many different uses can be applied, delightful!

9:07AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

All great tips, especially the fridge & shelter ones.
I also use newspaper to cover forniture's upper sides (above the closet, for instance) and high shelves, so the dust remains on the newspaper which I change after some time, and it is easier to keep them clean.

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