How to recycle envelopes

I’ve been doing this for years, and been reviled as "cheap"…but now recycling has become "cool" and here’s my how-to….

Requirements:

Envelopes. This obviously works better with the long envelopes that arrive in the post. "Windowed" envelopes won’t work (those with a cellophane window to display the name and address inside.) I use this method on invitation cards and thick envelopes, too, but be prepared for the occasional tearing and wastage.

A sharp paper-knife, of the sort I have photographed. The blade needs to be thin, long and sharp.

How:

Slit open the glued folds of the envelope, on the width (after having opened it carefully to preserve the closing flap).

 

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Slit open the glued side along the length on the middle of the back of the envelope. Please do this carefully.

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Fold the envelope inside out (the flaps on the length should also be reversed, so that the "gummed" side doesn’t show.)

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Glue the flaps carefully, and let dry. Voila, a nice recycled envelope is ready.I mark them with my "recycled" trade-mark, a tiny one at the corner of the back of the envelope:

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There! It takes about…3 minutes to do, that’s all. Particularly with the thick brown-paper envelopes, it works really great…but if you have a sharp paper-knife, you can recycle all sorts of envelopes.

Deepa Mohan
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1 Comment

  1. Awesome! Most of the things my mom used to do – which I never practiced since I had no patience, are coming back to me now that the waste segregation is active in the house – cleaning out milk packets with water etc 😉

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