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It's no secret that the world's natural resources are being used at an alarming rate. Even children in elementary school are being taught the importance of conservation and waste reduction. So, because of the global concern, recycling has become a part of life. It's no longer something only 'hippies' or 'tree huggers' do, but everyone from all walks of life are proud to recycle. Cities and towns have aluminum recycling bins located next to trash cans and most office buildings have some sort of paper recycling systems set up. In the long run, the more recycling that's done means fewer natural resources will be used.

So now we come to the question of whether or not buying and using recycled paper products is worth the effort and cost. As just mentioned above, it seems obvious because if we all start to recycle and use recycled products, the earth will benefit. But, sometimes, buying recycled products costs a bit more. Some of the benefits of using recycled paper products include reducing land fill waste and for the paper producing companies, they can also save money. Paper pulp, which they purchase to make the paper costs less if it's recycled. So what does the manufacturing company do with the pulp? It all depends on the quality of paper they need to produce. The very best, whitest paper requires the purest and cleanest pulp, which means they will either use a small percentage of recycled material or the best they can get, while lesser quality or colored paper can get away with a dingier colored pulp from recycled material that isn't purest white. The paper products for recycling have to be sorted into separate piles so the company can use what they need for whichever quality paper.

In our everyday lives, we are bombarded with junk mail, magazines, holiday cards, cardboard boxes, newspapers, and other such paper products. Some individuals would simply toss them into the trash bin while others would take them to a recycling center. Are there any other possible destinations for these paper goods? Here are five eco-friendly new "assignments" for the mounds of paper that are lurking in your home

Gift Wrapping Paper:

Two recycled paper products that make wonderful gift wrapping paper are previously owned newspapers and paper grocery sacks. You can wrap gifts in newspaper just as you would traditional gift wrap. To use a paper grocery sack, you simply cut the sack along its creases, turn it inside out, and then, decorate it the way that you like.

You can also utilize previously used gift bags for gift giving. You can either use the bags in their present condition or cut them apart and use them as gift wrap. It is up to your personal preference.

Shredded Paper Stuffing for Postage or Moving Boxes:

If you own a paper shredder, you can take any of your junk mail, magazines, or any other similar paper items, shred them, and use the shredded pieces as stuffing for packing boxes in which you are mailing or packing items. With the holidays on the horizon, you can cut your costs on buying packaging supplies by this action and help keep more paper out of the landfill.

Boxes for Mailing or Moving Items:

Previously used cardboard boxes are very useful for mailing presents or products. If you are sending gifts to loved ones or have your own online business, you can be "Green" and cut your expense at the same time by reusing cardboard boxes that you acquire through products that you purchase or friends who wish to get rid of them.

If you or someone that you know is moving, you can use previously used cardboard boxes to pack your beloved belongings safely. Add in your homemade recycled paper stuffing, and you are all set.

Following are the advantages of Paper:

  • Used for writing and printing.
  • Used as Packaging material such as corrugated box, paper bags, envelopes etc
  • Used in industrial and construction processes such as paper mache, quilling,paper honeycomb etc
  • used as food ingredient.
  • Its most wide advantage is its use as money, bank note, cheque, voucher and ticket.
  • Used for storing information in the form of notebook, books, magazines, newspaper, etc

Types of Paper:

There are many types of paper used in the world today. Besides the use of paper for printing and publishing, the product is used to protect and package other goods, to record transactions or events, to provide decoration, and to act as carrier or substrate for other materials, to name some its uses.

Here are the common types of paper in use, which shows the versatility of paper as a product:

  • Acid-free paper
  • Archival paper
  • Artist's paper
  • Blotting paper
  • Book paper
  • Box covering and lining paper
  • Business card & business form paper
  • Calculator & cash register paper
  • Chart paper
  • Copy & copier paper
  • Drinking cup paper
  • Envelope paper
  • Examination table paper
  • Filter paper
  • Food paper
  • Greeting card paper
  • Kraft paper
  • Litmus paper
  • Loose leaf filler paper
  • Manilla paper
  • Newsprint paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Photographic paper
  • Printing paper
  • Post-consumer recycled paper
  • Sandpaper
  • Shoe paper
  • Tobacco paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Typewriter paper
  • Wallpaper
  • Waxed paper
  • Wrapping paper

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