Hey Young Climate Warriors!
What is made from trees, and often less than a millimetre thick? Have you ever thought about your paper footprint? How much paper you and your household use every week. Can you remember the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This week’s challenge is to undertake at least one action relating to paper in each of these categories.
Don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you have completed this challenge!
REDUCE – Collect up the junk mail that comes through the door - Can you write/email to ask some of your junk mail providers to remove you from their lists? If your parent / carer is in agreement you could put up a ‘NO JUNK MAIL – I’m helping combat climate change’ sign by your letterbox? Can you say no to receipts, or paper bags (take your own reusable one instead)? Can you make sure you use both sides of the paper when writing / drawing this week?
REUSE– Can you help write the shopping list on the back of an envelope you receive in the post this week? Can you wrap any presents with pages from a magazine or comic? Could you make a pile of scrap paper that can be used for lists and / or staple some pages together to make a notepad? Ask if you can carefully open any big envelopes that arrive in the post this week – store them somewhere so they can be reused in the future.
RECYCLE – Do your toilet rolls make it to the recycling bin – can you make sure that they don’t end up the in the bathroom bin that goes with the ‘landfill’ rubbish? If you have your own composting system you could add some old shredded newspaper to your compost – it’s a great ‘high carbon’ compost material providing a source of energy for the compost microbes – but don’t add too much! If you have a mixed recycling bin then you could help clean out bottles / jars this week – paper contaminated with food or drink can’t be recycled.
If your parent / carer is happy for you to watch a 5 minute youtube movie - this one shows a recycling plant and the paper recycling process. https://youtu.be/2c8YxMb0tlk