Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: Paper or Plastic? Your free wheeling thoughts.
Susan Nye: I’m old school so definitely paper, except for groceries – both buying them and carting them home. I never carry cash so everything goes on the card. To lug everything home, I keep a collection of canvas bags in every size and shape in the back of my car. After that, give me a choice between a book to hold on to or a tape to listen to or watch, I’ll take the book every time. There is something very satisfying about turning the pages.
Jamie Wallace: I‘m hunting for a new desk. As I shared a couple of weeks ago in a weekend edition, the enormous drafting table that has been my work space for the last seven or so years is just too big to fit properly into my new place. So, I’m trying to find something smaller that I can tuck into a corner of the living room without mucking up the space. As I toured Google, etsy, and Houzz looking at desk after desk after desk, I was struck by the span of the price gap between “plastic” (fake wood, pressboard, and veneers) and the real thing. And, while the plastic desks are – I’m sure – quite serviceable, I have decided that only real wood will do for this writer.
I may end up paying more (though that remains to be seen since my beau may help me make something really special), but I spend a lot of time at my desk. I mean, a lot of time. This is where I do my creative work. I want it to be a place that feels good, a place that is warm, inviting, and beautiful. I want a place that speaks to my nature lover’s soul. I want a desk that was once part of a living thing – a tree.
So, at least when it comes to my writing desk, it’s “paper” for me all the way … albeit in it’s more raw form.
Lisa J. Jackson: When shopping, it’s canvas bags whenever possible, but plastic otherwise because of the ease of being able to carry multiple bags up multiple staircases.
But I’m still all about the paper when it comes to reading a book – can’t make the leap to an e-reader. Holding a plastic (or metal) shell and looking at a screen just doesn’t work for me. I’m sure it will some day, but not yet.
Using paper plates and plastic utensils are a great way for me to avoid having dishes to do and everything can be recycled which is an extra bonus.
I keep paper business cards I’m given in plastic sleeves within a folio.
Most of my spending is through using plastic (card) to keep track of expenses and paper (cash) is for fun things or splurges.
Diane MacKinnon: My son slept at school today so we had Movie Night after supper and I made popcorn. I used a paper bag to shake up the freshly popped popcorn with a little salt and butter, so I’m all for paper! I use reusable bags for the grocery store but still have the plastic ones hanging around once in a while. I try to limit them, as well as use my camelbak reusable water bottle rather than the disposable plastic bottles. When clients come to my home I offer them a glass of filtered water rather than a bottle because I try to reuse and recycle as much as I can.
I love reading a paper book, but I also use the Kindle app on my phone to read in stolen moments. I have to say I only buy “real” books now if they are books I plan to re-read or take a lot of notes on, as I find it difficult to take notes and find quotes on the Kindle. But you can’t really take the Kindle into the bathtub (or at least I can’t, as I have a habit of dropping things, no matter how expensive!) so I’ll always have a few books and magazines around!
Deborah Lee Luskin. Canvas (for groceries); paper (for books); pixels (for writing).
Julie Hennrikus: Paper for bags, though I try and remember to bring fabric bags whenever possible. Plastic for currency, which surprises me, as I used to make fun of my students because they never had cash. I have cash from last weekend, and keep forgetting to use it. And I can go either way with the books, though having a Kindle app on my phone is my go to whenever I am stuck somewhere. And plastic for jewelry works for me–I just got a fab necklace that is big, bold, black and white with sparkles. And plastic.
Wendy Thomas: I’d like to say that I only do canvas for bags, but far too often I forget to being them, however I am a devoted fan of backpacks and usually have one or two filled with supplies nearby. For books, I prefer paper (much to my dismay as I look at the piles and piles around my house.) And for a writing desk? wood, preferably on old desk that comes pre-filled with stories like the huge oak desk I found at Goodwill for $30.