Save Trees And Reduce Greenhouse Emissions By Recycling paper

Paper is produced by pressing moist fibers like cellulose together and then drying it into flexible sheets.  Originally, the cellulose pulp was derived mainly from cloth rags and grasses, but now the pulp for paper is produced mainly from wood.  Paper is a fine thin material commonly used for writing, wrapping material, drawing, cleaning and to print on.  Paper is a versatile material with a wide array of uses.

Paper has been used for centuries.  It was produced during the 2nd century in China and at water-powered paper mills during medieval times in Europe

Paper has been an important part of our lives for many years.  However, the wasteful, careless use of paper has led to a mounting problem with the disposal of the trash paper.  Much of our used paper is simply discarded and winds up in our landfills.

Not only is the production of paper costly, but, the careless disposal of the used paper causes environment degradation and pollution.  In order to save our forests, we need to lessen our consumption of paper and other wood by-products.

Paper recycling can help save the forests.  More and more timber is necessary to meet the ever-growing demand for wood pulp.  In a great many cases this means the irreparable loss of wildlife habitats and ecosystems.  Old-growth forests are often replaced by forest plantations which are established to produce fast growing trees which can then be harvested quickly.

Recycling paper does more than save trees.  It helps save the wildlife habitats and ecosystems that rely on the old growth trees.

Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind to help you recycle more paper:

Regularly collect old newspapers, office papers and magazines from your office, your neighbors and friends.  Initiate a used paper collection drive.  These old newspapers and office papers can be sent to a recycling collection center.  Old magazines can be donated and reused at clinics. nursing homes or libraries.

Encourage others in your office to use electronic mail instead of always writing office memos on paper.

When practical encourage the use of email instead of sending a letter by way of the postal service.    Whenever possible print or copy material on both sides of the paper.  Encourage your coworkers to actively participate in a recycling program.

Encourage your family members at home to use both sides of a sheet of paper whenever possible.  Teach your children and other family members about the importance of recycling paper.  Encourage your children to bring home paper they used in school instead of throwing the paper out.  Encourage your child’s school to initiate their own recycling programs.

Trees serve not only as sources of paper or packaging materials, they also serve as natural habitats for many birds and other animals.  Trees provide us with shade and fresh air and help prevent flooding too.  Trees absorb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which affect the earth’s temperature.  The survival of our planet depends on how carefully we manage our natural resources.  Trees are one of our most important resources and need to be preserved for future generations.