25 Feb '12, 5pm

Give Up Paper Subscriptions (Go to the Library): Rediscovering your local library will not only help you save pa...

Give Up Paper Subscriptions (Go to the Library): Rediscovering your local library will not only help you save pa...

Photo: Ken Zirkel / istock related articles By Brian Clark Howard Instead of buying small mountains of books, CDs, DVDs, newspapers and magazines that pile up – often unread – check more of them out of your local library, or relax inside the quiet halls and browse in the company of neighbors. Paper is wasted in incredible amounts; it's one of the biggest materials by volume in landfills. Industrial papermaking has an enormous footprint, from deforestation during harvesting, to the heavy use of water, toxic chemicals and energy during processing... and the burning of fossil fuels during shipping. Paper fibers can only be recycled a few times before they break down, and the process requires energy (albeit much less than paper made from virgin fibers). CDs and other media are made of nonrenewable petroleum products and are very difficult to recycle. The fact is, many of us ar...

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