Hopefully, everyone takes advantage of our excellent curbside recycling program, and doesn't throw paper in the trash bins - but, did you know you can also "opt out" of getting catalogs in the first place? You can use a service like catalog choice https://www.catalogchoice.org/ to save natural resources.
Before our Super Heroes toted all 117 pounds of mail to the recycle bins, we saved our favorite heavy, glossy pages from some of the catalogs. I showed the students how to make one of my favorite crafts. In this way, we can reUSE, before we reCYCLE. Here is a youtube tutorial so you can learn too! Now the next time a pesky catalog comes into the house, tear off that cover before popping it into the bin, and make a truly beautiful gift for someone.