What do you do with your magazines?

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    Jun 09, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    I have a confession...Im a magazine whore. lmao!. Its true. I buy every fitness mag I can get my hands on usually and I save them and keep them in a safe place for "future reference" I tell myself. Now I have stacks of them and haven't looked back on these issues in over a year.

    I barely have time to read the new ones I get so what do I do with them? I usually take them to the recycling bin but I feel like I am throwing away all that money and information for nothing....but I guess I may not have a choice...

    What do you do with yours?
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    Jun 09, 2010 11:23 PM GMT
    I put them in one of the 10 storage units
  • seven_deadly_...

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    Jun 09, 2010 11:27 PM GMT
    I tend to do the same thing - buy magazines and keep them around because there's some article which I want to reference later.

    One of the things that brought me around to thinking the iPad was actually a useful device was the thought that I could have practically limitless books and magazines without having to physically store all of them.
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    Jun 10, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    Depending on the magazines, I cut out articles and pictures and throw the rest out. Like Men's Health ones I do that (I don't buy it anymore), as well as my fashion ones but if there's any good fashion or art ones I can resell them at a market for $1 or so to get a little back. I try to think if I don't use/read it in 6 months, I don't need it. If it doesn't stick in your mind, it's useless information so why hold onto it?
    You can give them to charity as well, that way someone else can have use for them.
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    Jun 10, 2010 12:27 AM GMT
    I take them to work!
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    Jun 10, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    I drop my old magazines off at the local nursing home (Newsweek, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, People, etc.). They put them in their library and the old folks can enjoy reading them. The only magazines I do not give them are my old porn magazines.

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    Jun 10, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    I have editions of Men's Health back to 1992icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 10, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    I take them to gym and read it in Sauna, or free time at home, pool. But then I have too many magazine's subscribed that I have a box full of them dating as back at 2009. Lots of catching up to do. I had originally subscribed to only two mags and they added four more free.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jun 10, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    Magazines are seductive. They worm their way into our lives with their pretty pictures. But clutter become compulsive hording at some point. This is my strategy. If there's a piece with information that I think will be usefull, I rip the pages out and file them in an accordain file after logging the topic on an index page (no I'm not a professional organizer, just gay.) If it's a decorating thing, I rip the pages out, punch three holes in it. put it in a three ring binder. That's the most gayest thing I've ever posted on the internet, but it's the most usefull thing I can offer. Just throw the buggers out after you stripped them of their best material. Like your ex boyfriends!
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    Jun 10, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    I drop them off a the local battered women's shelter, all of my small bottles of shampoo etc from hotels as well twice year. Its something my parents did when I was growing up and I have adopted it myself.
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    Jun 10, 2010 1:28 AM GMT
    They go in a basket that sits next to my chair in the living room. When the basket is full, I put them in a box and take them to the magazine donation box in front of Safeway. I do the same thing with my books. I figure that someone will get a hold of them that will enjoy them as much as I did.
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    Jun 10, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
    OMG... you, too?? Mine are mostly soft porn though. I have a collection of mags that starts back in the late 60's... when total frontal nudity was not allowed.
    The stuff has been packed in boxes for years..and I just hate to throw them away... haven't been able to find anyone interested in them locally...
    so, what the hell do I do with all of these mags that cost me a fortune..and haven't even looked at in lover 10 years??
    BTW, I stopped collecting about 10 yrs. ago... VHS, and now DVD is soo much better!!!
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    Jun 10, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    FriendsRGood saidOMG... you, too?? Mine are mostly soft porn though. I have a collection of mags that starts back in the late 60's... when total frontal nudity was not allowed.
    The stuff has been packed in boxes for years..and I just hate to throw them away... haven't been able to find anyone interested in them locally...
    so, what the hell do I do with all of these mags that cost me a fortune..and haven't even looked at in lover 10 years??
    BTW, I stopped collecting about 10 yrs. ago... VHS, and now DVD is soo much better!!!


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    Jun 10, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    scottnphoenix said: "Sounds like you need to put an ad on Craigslist "

    Yeah, right.. I'll do that right after I put a gay flag on the roof of my house... numbnuts.
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    Jun 10, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    I've been trimming my magazine subscriptions down. Of those I've kept, I'll either recycle the used ones or leave them at the gym for others.

    The only ones I keep are This Old House, because there are always some projects I mark that I want to consider for a later home project when I'm ready.

  • Jun 10, 2010 2:06 AM GMT
    I work at a drug store and I walk down the aisle all the time. Purposely. A cover model or some guarantee like "10 Awesome Exercises for Abs That Get Anyone In Bed!" is all it takes for me to take it home. My employee discount doesn't even work on mags icon_sad.gif

    I ended up buying storage bins when the amount of magazines that I had started to get in the way, which my discount did work on (!), and just put them in there now. I like to keep them since, like the other posters, I refer to them every once in a while.
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    Jun 10, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    I also tend toward magazine hoarding, and I finally hauled off huge stacks of old magazines to the recycling center. The reality is that I never do go back and read them, so I'm now making the effort to read them and then recycle them after a few months.
  • jmanorlando

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    Jun 10, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    If the article / workout is good a save it and place in a binder and recycle the rest. I always check out the binder when I need a new routine or change of pace.

    Otherwise I take the magazine to the gym and leave it there, where other people can read away and enjoy.
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    Jun 10, 2010 4:18 AM GMT
    I have a large selection of vehicle mod mags. some cars but mostly trucks. I keep them because I never know what my next truck might be, or if there are some good ideas for mods/ parts in them. Alas, the truck I have now is rather stagnant in the aftermarket so the mags are not of much use now. they sit in the top shelf of my closet, and take up half my bookshelf, lol.
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    Jun 10, 2010 4:18 AM GMT
    wow, this could be the start of a really awesome conversation. imagine how many people have tons of magazines laying around with really nothing to do with them other than 1) throw them away, 2) recycle them, 3) donate them.

    i wonder if there's an organized effort somewhere dedicated to magazines. i think this thread should go from asking the question of "what DO you do with your magazines?" to "what COULD you do with your magazines?"

    should i start my own thread? lol.

    Also, I couldn't find any solid data related to the amount of waste created by disposed magazines in the US or elsewhere. I challenge someone to find some good information related to the topic!
  • westguy79

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    Jun 10, 2010 4:23 AM GMT
    I "recycle" mine by bringing them to the gym and leaving them on the magazine racks. Its a great way to extend the use of the magazine...

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    Jun 10, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    Theys is goes to the trash. Is is bad.
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    Jun 10, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    If they aren't industry/career related, I keep them for a month or so, then its directly to the shredder, then to the compost heap! It honestly seems that there is no differentiation between the magazine's website and the magazine itself.
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    Jun 10, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    GBRelentless saidIf they aren't industry/career related, I keep them for a month or so, then its directly to the shredder, then to the compost heap! It honestly seems that there is no differentiation between the magazine's website and the magazine itself.


    is it safe to compost magazines? i thought magazines, especially with a lot of gloss, were toxic. they use a lot of different inks and adhesives
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    Jun 10, 2010 5:33 AM GMT
    txguy1605 said
    GBRelentless saidIf they aren't industry/career related, I keep them for a month or so, then its directly to the shredder, then to the compost heap! It honestly seems that there is no differentiation between the magazine's website and the magazine itself.


    is it safe to compost magazines? i thought magazines, especially with a lot of gloss, were toxic. they use a lot of different inks and adhesives


    The newer inks used in magazines are plant based and are biodegradable (even laser jet inks). Most laser toners ARE made out of a plastic of sorts and its the cartridges that are hard to non-compostable, but with the glossy coating and thin sheets, soy or vegetable based inks are typically used. The 'Gloss' is actually a heated natural clay called Kaolinite -- http://www.galleries.com/minerals/silicate/kaolinit/kaolinit.htm -- the only thing you really have to worry about are the staples holding the publications together.