I used to have a magazine addiction. I loved everything about them- their plastic-chemical-y smell, the way their shiny (or matte!) pages felt between my fingers, the snippets of info and eye catching photos...
There was a time back when we lived in BC where I actually created a binder of yoga articles to help myself "feel better" about my wasteful magazine addiction.
No doubt about it, magazines are practically the epitome of waste. Most of them can't be recycled... and it's almost ridiculous that they're still being purchased; we have such fantastic online versions that waste less.
According to US Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 1.5 million tons of magazines entered the municipal waste system in 2009 and 54% were recycled. (via National Geographic). 1.5 million tons of magazine equals a whole crap load of paper, chemical inks and pollution. Blegh.
You know what the best solution for magazines is?
But if you have a magazine addiction and give one lick about the planet... cancel your subscriptions, avoid the magazine section and sign up for Pinterest.
It's seriously like an online version of a magazine with the social aspect of a social media network.
How Pinterest works:
Pinterest allows you to organize and "pin" images and websites into boards or categories or boards- kinda like a scrapbook but way cooler. You can save recipes, inspiration boards/images, sequences... whatever your heart desires. (How Pinterest Works and The Ultimate Pinterest Guide)
You just drag the "pin-it" button to your tool bar and when you see something online that you like, click pin-it and you're good to go. You can also get pretty darn creative with boards and such.
The social part of Pinterest is also pretty darn interesting. Like twitter, it's much less personal than facebook. You can follow boatloads of people or organizations that have similar interests and you'll get a real-time update as to the boards and stuff that they're pinning on your Pinterest homepage. Like this cool DIY magnetic makeup board, or this beautiful pebble boot board.
You can search Pinterest using "key words" to find boards or pins that interest you. For example, when I searched "yoga sequence" I found a) morning b) keep calm over the holidays and c) fall equinox sequence.
I'm looking forward to indulging my magazine addiction sans destruction to the planet curtesy of Pinterest.