Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Adding machines are as obsolete as the skills to use them efficiently. Takes moi a while to get concepts like that sometimes. Sunday I opened my office supply cupboard and realized there was pretty near a case of brand new adding machine tape taking up the better part of an entire shelf. Told The Boy to take it upstairs and throw the lot of it into the recycle bin. This is what he did with the first four rolls (each of those floor tiles is eighteen inches across).
After contemplating that pile of paper for a while it occurs to me that we don't cut down old growth redwood forests for paper and cardboard production, we have tree farms instead. Trees are a lovely, air purifying, renewable resource. They're farmed where they're native and require no added ingredients (like irrigation).
OTOH, recycled paper products are resource intensive to produce, which is why recycled paper products cost a lot more than virgin stuff does. Carboard made from recycled paper is also of inferior quality.
Paper biodegrades as well (TWC has some first hand experience with this). So now I'm wondering why it is we fill up our huge gray recycle bin with paper and cardboard every week. [shrugs]
Later in the evening, The Boy observed that adding machine tape would be perfect for 'toilet' papering a house.
Dad! It's perfect!
My friend Jay wondered if we could use the tape in place of newspaper to perk up a blaze in the fireplace on chilly fall evenings. That's a recycling idea that's worth a try.