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I'm a creative-type but am constantly seeking new ways to get my use of "virgin" paper down. I have done forest surveys in the past and seen how much long-term damage logging can do to a natural space (and all the life in it). Clearly, I haven't given up paper, but I am interested in learning more about alternatives.

Using 100% recycled paper is the most obvious option, as it can be made from pre-consumer pulp from sawmills or post-consumer materials. The downside is this paper seems to cost twice as much as non-recycled paper, even when buying in bulk. Does anyone know any lower cost sources for 100% recycled paper? I usually see cases (5000 sheets) go for the $60 range.

Aside from this, has anyone ever tried to make a zine with non-tree-based paper? I've heard of paper made from various plant fibers or even fungi.

Also, has anyone tried making their own paper? How did that go?

I'm interested in hearing input from others! Thanks!

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try and research , cyclus paper ---its made with 12 cycles of water use opposed to one cycle bleached paper --

its currently the cheapest option i make zine on here in Scandanavia .   ---- there is also stone paper but its not at the consumer level as yet , great invention but i am still not sure ---

Hey Karen, I make a lot of my zines using Ecocern paper (www.ecocern.com).  It's got that nice brown earthy look.  Works for me as it is an Austrlaian company and i am making zines in Melbourne, Australia.  I also like a bit of Canefields (www.canefields.com.au) sugar kane paper - it has a certain purple look to it when compared to heavily bleached white paper.  I have experimented with making my own recycled paper, sticking the text to the zine with glue as it was too bulky to pass through a photocopier.  Luke/Sticky.

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