McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


April 24, 2012

Observe Eco-activism with the McAlester News-Capital



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Ways to reuse the News-Capital:

1. Clean windows or glass: Dip crumpled newsprint in water, add a splash of white vinegar if you like, and clean glass tables, glass vases and windows.

2. Get the gunk up: For the really messy cleanup, use a crumpled piece of newsprint to get the gunk up before using a sponge or towel.

3. Make a weed barrier: Lay down flat pieces of newsprint before adding soil and plants.

4. Pack it up: Instead of packing peanuts or bubble wrap, use newsprint to wrap up valuables for shipping, storing or moving. Fill in gaps in boxes with crumpled newsprint for tight fitting.

5. Wrap some gifts: Find colorful news pages for gift wrap. The funny pages make great wrapping.

6. Ripen fruit: For example, fill a box with peaches and cover them with newsprint. The ripening process should speed up.

7. Burn it up: Instead of a start log or lighter fluid to begin a campfire or bonfire, roll up newsprint and tuck under logs and twigs. Light the newsprint and the heat should start the fire.

8. Use as liner: A few sheets of newsprint could easily line a bird cage, dry aquarium, trash can, animal crate, cat litter tray, etc. Newsprint can help absorb any additional mess left behind.

9. Seed-starting pots: There are hundreds of websites and online videos to explain how to make seed-starting pots out of newspaper. Go to our website,, and click on this story. A link will be provided.

10. Cook fish: Gut and clean the fish, season the inside, roll up the fish tightly in a couple sheets of water-soaked newsprint, place the wrapped fish directly on hot coals and cook for approximately 10 minutes on each side. Remove from heat, open the fish package and the skin may peel with the newsprint. Cooking times vary with the size of fish.

11. Shine up that sink: Grab a wad of newsprint and buff stainless steel sinks to a shine.

12. Paper maché: Here’s a recipe for paper maché.

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup flour

1/4 cup white Elmer’s glue

Mix all ingredients, dip 2-inch wide strips of newsprint into mixture, use two fingers to remove excess mixture, apply strips to created base and build up. Let the creativity begin.

13: Origami: Newsprint may be a little flimsy, but can still be used for the Japanese art of paper folding. Learn to make a water bomb and have entertainment for hours in the backyard.



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