Paper is made from crushing trees into wood pulp, and it takes 98 tons of wood to make a single ton of paper. Trees are important to the environment and take years to grow back. Around 67 per cent of the paper and cardboard used in the UK is recovered for recycling. Children can make a positive change to save the environment and help their families by learning about recycling and then recycling the household's paper waste.
Every 1.2 metres (4 feet) of paper recycled saves a tree, so encourage the family to recycle all those newspapers in the house. Plus, half as much energy is used when newspaper is made from recycled paper instead of from scratch. Find out if the local council's household recycling centre or kerbside collection prefers newspapers tied up or in bags and start a new trend in the household.
Bring a bag
One 15-year-old tree makes only around 700 paper bags, which a single shop can get through in a couple of hours. If paper and plastic bags are used, then tossed into landfill, they stay there for hundreds of years. Instead, pick a place in the house to store paper bags. Talk to parents about supermarkets and shops that offer discounts to people who reuse bags. Bring a bag when you're shopping to help the recycling effort.
Homemade note pad
For each tree cut down to make paper, 75 per cent is never used in a paper product. Cut down the amount of note pads bought for school homework and make a recycled scratch paper pad. Find pieces of used writing or printer paper the same size and place them blank side up. Find a piece of cardboard, from a cereal box or other box. Attach the cardboard to the back of the paper for support. The homemade recycled note pad is ready to use.
Recycle mixed paper
Paper-based containers like egg boxes, wrapping paper and cereal boxes are all made from mixed paper. All of these items are recyclable and then put to good use for other purposes. Create a place where they can be collected in the home. Contact the local recycling centre to find out how to properly recycle the mixed paper you collect.