a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I am just throwing this out there, because it personally bothers me. Don't get me wrong, i am one of those that likes zines in print... the ones i can touch and bring with me everywhere. i am not very fond having to read content on the computer--it is just less appealing for me; i dont enjoy it as much as i do when it is in print. BUT looking at the facts and figures below worry me. any ideas how we can enjoy zines and still help the planet?
Global use of paper has grown more than six-fold since 1950.
Source: The Worldwatch Institute.
I really don't think zines are putting much of an impact on the world's paper consumption. And unlike magazines and newspapers, people usually hold on to zines for a long time so they aren't thrown away or use up resources to recycle them. But like Billy said, using recycled or re-purposed paper, or making your own is something you can personally do if you'd like.
I work in a school and between kids throwing away mostly blank pieces of paper they made one little mistake on, copies that came out incorrectly, and notes from the administration that take up maybe one quarter of the page, I've salvaged lots of usable blank paper from the recycling bins. I've been using this as scratch paper and to write letters on so far, but I have saved enough that I think I can print my next zine on the backs of old homework and notes from the principal. This kind of recycling doesn't use any resources. Anyone who works in a school or office can probably do this. And a lot of schools (at least the ones around Kansas City) have big paper recycling dumpsters, you could grab paper from there.