Do You Read Magazines?

Do You Read Magazines?

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I still enjoy reading magazines as much as I love blogs! I always seemed to be sucked in at the grocery counter by the latest titles and photos – I’m a sucker, I know! After I read the magazine I recycle it or give it to a pal to read and then hope it is recycled. Except, where did the paper for the magazine come from and is that paper and process eco-friendly? I was completely unaware that most magazines use 100% virgin paper or maybe we are lucky up to 15% recycled content.  Oh and guess what only about 20% of magazines even end up being recycled (sad).

I like my toilet paper to come from 100% post consumer recycled content (White Cloud GreenEarth) so why not my magazines too! Why cut down mature trees that are working hard to do their job of cycling the carbon when we paper products that can be recycled for quality paper? As Triple Pundit points out, Rachel Ray has done it so it can be done!

Who can do this and why aren’t other magazines and publishers doing this?

FutureMark is the only company offering this service right now and thank goodness they’re stepping up to the plate! Unfortunately, we all believe that FSC is the be all save all for the paper industry and though this is great and a good choice there is a better choice, recycle what we’ve already created verses cutting down new trees!

Cost?  Well, I’m with you in thinking that Rachel Ray costs more but her magazine doesn’t! Just like my White Cloud GreenEarth is premium and using 100% post consumer recycled product AND I don’t pay more, the same goes for FutureMark and the paper they produce! So smart and I love smart!

Shoot even Tree Hugger is agreeing with me on this one! So when you’re in line suckered into buying that smutty magazine like me, think about virgin trees and how you can enjoy the same coupons, recipes, work out tips and fashion advice if the magazine was using FutureMark paper!

Hmmm? I say we put some pressure on those publishers not doing the right and smart thing, what do you say?

Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.


  • Great article – I totally agree! A lot of magazines are also offering digital editions so you can skip the paper completely. And there is a service called Zinio that offers digital subscriptions to many of the most popular magazines.

  • Madmanmandy

    check out “Mothering Magazine” they switched the paper and ink and how they publish to be earth friendly. Pretty Cool.

  • Shane

    That’s right! Put the pressure on. You know, some days I stay off the blogosphere and just go straight to the old standard magazine – there’s something about flipping through that I love.

  • I try and only buy magazines made of recycled paper, I mostly buy environmental magazines so they normally are. I also give them to my mom when I'm done. 🙂

  • I don't buy magazine any more. I read them online