Working with an Eco Artist can be messy, at times confusing and always interesting. Today the topic of conversation was mail-outs; should we do them? And if we do, how can we make them as Eco Friendly as possible? Getting in touch with schools can be tricky. So to publicise the course we are jointly offering we have settled on a real life letter. Of course the letter has to be on plain paper, but to avoid buying new envelopes she has taught me how to make envelopes from recycled magazine pages. We hope you like them and if you want to copy the idea, here's a step by step guide to making your letters more striking and more eco:
1: Find a full page photo in your magazine that you like. Gardening/photography or outdoor magazines are great for this. It might even be nice to pick something appropriate for the person
you're sending the letter to; like a band they like or their favourite flower.
2: Take your letter, place it slightly towards the top of the page and fold over the sides.
3: Neatly fold in the sides at an angle.
4: Fold the bottom up, then the top down, using sticky tape or double-sided to seal.
5: Write your address on the back side of some scrap paper and use double sided to stick in on the front.
6: That's it; yes it really is that simple.
Why is using recycled magazines better than buying envelopes? Most paper is made from virgin wood pulp that involves large machines (powered by petrol, sending c02 into the atmosphere) cutting down trees (that are also storing carbon, as well as being...well, lovely trees) Would you believe 35% of wood harvested is made into paper?! Then the paper mills chuck out nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide (all gases that contribute to pollution and climate change) into the air. The solid waste from the paper mills is also pretty gross. Wastewater discharges for a pulp and paper mill contains nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that can cause or exacerbate eutrophication of lakes and rivers. Organic matter dissolved in fresh water changes ecological characteristics. Then there's the packaging and transport getting the paper to shops and your house...so hopefully that explains why it's better to upcycle magazines.