Paper is all around us. It helps us communicate, create and illustrate. Our books, newspapers, magazines and posters are made from it.
After the trees have been harvested, they are taken to a paper factory. The bark and the roots are burned and used to produce energy. The rest of the tree is washed and then chopped into small chips for pulping. Pulping is the chemical process that separates the wood fibres from lignin and other wood parts.
Recycled paper is made from waste paper mixed with fresh wood pulp. Old newspaper are usually made into new newsprint or paperboard. Paper cannot be recycled over and over again, as the fibres eventually become too weak and short to be used again.
Don’t throw away magazines or newspapers. Use them to clean the windows.
Keep paper that is printed on one side only. The blank side can be used to scribble messages, shopping lists, etc.
Share magazines and newspapers with friends or borrow them from the library.
Tear out pages from old magazines to line the shelves of a shoe cabinet, for example.
Use old magazines to make confetti with a hole punch.
Use paper from magazines to wrap things.
Take any unwanted magazines to the nearest recycling centre, 1000 kg of paper made from recycled fibres conserves about 27000 litres of water, 18-34 trees, over 4000 kw of electricity and 27 kg of air pollutants.