Instead I now get an electronic edition on my Apple iPad each morning. The delivery interface has improved tremendously from the early days of e-publishing, it was a surprisingly pleasant switch. I really like the interface to the newspaper on my iPad:
- can still skim/see the whole page and its context (the resolution on the iPad is much better than the picture above),
- tap on an article to read it in a bigger/easier/clearer font,
- can zoom into pictures,
- navigate easily and quickly to links,
- quickly get to past editions as well as other Bay Area Newsgroup papers,
- no longer need to worry about non-delivery of papers (happens a few times a year),
- can now have the computer search for me instead of having to flip pages,
- and more...
This has been a win all around for me although old habits die hard.
Waste reduction summary:
- Matter (material):
- Replaced paper, rubber band, and plastic with electrons. Significant reduction in what previously needed to be transported and recycled.
- Big win. Electrons are cheap to deliver.
- Big win. Don't need to go out to driveway to retrieve, call if it got lost, or suspend when we go on trips. Can get it on iPad or computer wherever I am if I want it.
- Big win. iPad is very compact, newspapers took up space inside and in recycling bin.
- Big win. Cost for the electronic edition is about one third the cost of the print edition. I already owned the iPad for other reasons.
- Big win. No longer killing as many trees, recycling still has an environmental toll. Rubber bands can be reused but need to find someone who needs them. I usually gave them back to my paper delivery person which took some time and money to do. Eliminating the need for plastic bags is huge. Plastic survives hundreds of years and is poisoning our ocean and land as well as people as it comes back around in our food chain.