No matter what your politics, views or interests, it’s hard to refute the premise that a healthy planet is perhaps the most basic component of human existence. We all depend on the environment here on Earth for the basic sustenance of every species. Finding ways to improve our planet, no matter how small, are important. Some times it’s the simplest ideas that can have the greatest impact.
The concept of turning discarded newspapers into insulation to reduce the energy required to heat and cool our homes and buildings is one of those ideas. And it just makes so much more sense than filling up landfills with paper. It’s also a lot more practical than expending huge amounts of energy to stuff houses full of fiberglass, or to further deplete precious fossil fuels and burn even more energy to produce foam as an insulation.
As people strive to find ever more complex solutions for minimizing threats to the environment we think it’s good to keep this thought from Leonardo da Vinci in mind– “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Turning newspaper into insulation has been around since Jefferson’s Monticello. Cellulose insulation has come a long way since Jefferson packed paper into the walls of his home. It’s a product of the 21st century, but it’s hardly a new idea and is neither trendy nor sophisticated. And it is still the simplest and most efficient way to effectively insulate our homes and buildings while also reducing the corresponding impacts on the planet.
Happy Earth Day.
Dan Lea, Executive Director
Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association.