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Creating Our Own Paper

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UN Sustainable Development Goal

UNSDG #12: Responsible Consumption and Reduction

Start Date

27-4-2022 9:55 AM

End Date

27-4-2022 10:15 AM

Abstract

Responsible Consumption and Production is the twelfth United Nations Sustainable Development Group goal and focuses on improving the quality of and responsibility of resources to ensure the betterment of the human condition. This is an important goal, because, through all of history, humanity has changed planet Earth to their needs. It is crucial, therefore, to maximize the benefits of these changes while minimizing the drawbacks.

According to MGA.edu, “Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S,” and “each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water.” We use paper every day, whether it be newspapers, scratch paper, notebook paper, post-it notes, or school worksheets. Thus, we must find a way to eliminate this amount of waste, especially around campus at IMSA.

To address this problem, we advocate for a program around campus to collect all of the used paper of any kind and create our own paper out of it. The process is simple: according to The Craftaholic Witch, first tear up the papers into small pieces and soak them in a small bowl, then lower a rectangular shaped plastic-netted piece into the bowl and coat the papers on top of it, then put the paper mache onto a non-stick surface, and finally let dry completely.

This is a relatively easy thing to do, and the benefits are numerous. Firstly, this recycled paper can be used for many projects, including note-taking, journaling, scrap-booking, or just used for its aesthetic appeal, instead of just throwing everything away and never seeing them again. Secondly, this keeps more waste out of garbage dumps. Overall, this will lead to a cleaner and better future.

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Creating Our Own Paper

Responsible Consumption and Production is the twelfth United Nations Sustainable Development Group goal and focuses on improving the quality of and responsibility of resources to ensure the betterment of the human condition. This is an important goal, because, through all of history, humanity has changed planet Earth to their needs. It is crucial, therefore, to maximize the benefits of these changes while minimizing the drawbacks.

According to MGA.edu, “Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S,” and “each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water.” We use paper every day, whether it be newspapers, scratch paper, notebook paper, post-it notes, or school worksheets. Thus, we must find a way to eliminate this amount of waste, especially around campus at IMSA.

To address this problem, we advocate for a program around campus to collect all of the used paper of any kind and create our own paper out of it. The process is simple: according to The Craftaholic Witch, first tear up the papers into small pieces and soak them in a small bowl, then lower a rectangular shaped plastic-netted piece into the bowl and coat the papers on top of it, then put the paper mache onto a non-stick surface, and finally let dry completely.

This is a relatively easy thing to do, and the benefits are numerous. Firstly, this recycled paper can be used for many projects, including note-taking, journaling, scrap-booking, or just used for its aesthetic appeal, instead of just throwing everything away and never seeing them again. Secondly, this keeps more waste out of garbage dumps. Overall, this will lead to a cleaner and better future.