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More than fish wrap

Putting our paper to work

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After you are finished reading/memorizing/worshiping your weekly City Paper, don't just recycle it — reuse it! Old City Papers are very effective insulators; they can be rolled and stuffed under doors and windows to keep the bad weather out and the good weather in. Shredded papers work well as garden mulch — they discourage weed growth and are far more eco-friendly than spray-can chemicals. Although we don't like the implication, it's important to let you know that City Papers can also be used to line the bottoms of trashcans, kitty litter boxes, and other smelly things (shoes, too); they absorb odor and excess mess. Is little Jimmy's sixth birthday party coming up? City Paper's infamous stripper pages make for great wrapping paper. In the more crafty category, our weekly is perfect for papier mâché projects, as filler for homemade puppets and dolls, making beads (www.astorybooklife.com/how-to/paper-beads), and for creating baskets (www.weburbanist.com). Our preference, of course, is that you frame every copy of the City Paper and display it prominently in your home. But, if you can't do that, why not experiment with these ideas?

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