Paper pollution

Do not underestimate plastic pollution, even paper causes pollution. Paper is used everywhere packing of goods, tissue rolls, newspapers, etc…

  • 4 billion trees are cut every year to produce paper.
  • More pollutants are released than plastic during the process of making paper.
  • It can be only recycled for 5-7 times only.
  • It is easy to tear and cannot hold much weight capacity.
  • It takes an average of 5 liters of water to produce one piece of A4 paper.
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves around 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 liters of water and 17 trees.
  • Packaging makes up 1/3 or more of our trash.
  • Every tree produces enough oxygen for 3 people to breathe but here 4 billion trees are cut down every year for paper.
  • Due to deforestation, global warming is increasing gradually because there are less trees to absorb CO2.

What can we do?

We are living in a digitalised world, but the demand for paper has been increasing.

  1. Many schools and colleges use printed material and paperwork for learning. I think that learning should also be digital and modernised.
  2. Documents and other material should be sent to others through pdf format or any other digital format.
  3. Electronic books(E-books) should be encouraged.
  4. Please recycle paper, most of the solid waste is not collected because few people throw paper in open places but not in bin.
  5. Use the alternative for the paper which i will mention it below.
  6. Many shops still use paper bags, but we have to carry our own cloth bags.
  7. Read news through online rather than buying newspaper and online is cheaper.

Alternatives for paper bags:

Cloth/jute bags:

  1. Cloth bags/jute bags are the best alternative for paper and plastic bags.
  2. Reusable.
  3. Environmentally friendly.
  4. Do not require maintenance.
  5. 100% bio-degradable and recyclable
  6. Strong and can carry more weight as compared to promotional carry bags.
  7. Durable and long lasting, not easy to tear like Plastic and Paper bags do.
  8. Jute has good insulating and antistatic properties, low thermal conductivity and a moderate moisture regain.

Envigreen:

It is bio-degradable plastic, which is made up of vegetable starch. It is so safe that we can eat the plastic. It will decompose within 180 days once thrown.

Old clothes:

If you have any old clothes, just stitch into a bag. Reuse your old denim, sweat shirt, etc into a carrying bag. They are even some synthetic clothes like nylon, etc.. Which can’t be decomposed can be used as bags.

Stacher bags:

The Stacher company provides reusable silicon bags for packing of food. We can use these bags for storing food in fridge and even heat it in oven. We can reuse these bags and avoid plastic.

Bee’s wrap:

It is made up of bee’s wax, jojoba oil, tree resin, and organic cotton. It’s reusable. Once you’re done with your wrap, just wash it with gentle soap and cool water (hot water can melt it), then let it air-dry to use it again.

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