In the UK 2,600 magazines are bought every minute – that’s a lot of paper and a lot of trees, energy and waster needed to make them. So what can we do to reduce, reuse and recycle them?
- Share a magazine subscription. If you buy the same magazine as a friend or family member share the cost of the subscription and share the magazine.
- Get the online version. The online price could be cheaper and you might be able to access it from your phone.
- If your workplace gets two copies of the same magazine, cancel one to save paper and money.
- Swap magazines with your friends.
- Donate your recently used magazines to your doctor or dentist so someone else can read it while sitting in the waiting room.
- Find out if a local organisation, like a care home, children’s centre or library wants magazines for their clients.
- Use the pages as packaging material to protect breakable items in the post. The paper can then be recycled after your parcel arrives safely.
- Put it with your other papers for recycling.
- Use it to make your own paper.
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