Waste and Recycling: Recycling Paper

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We take paper for granted, while thousands of trees are being made into the paper we toss in the trash. Start a dialogue about paper reduction and recycling in class, and share the negative effects paper production has on our ecosystem. The lesson concludes with a hands-on paper making activity to encourage using recycled paper. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use during Earth Day to discuss sustainability and good recycle practices
  • Show the handout as a slide show versus printing out to demonstrate good paper practice
Classroom Considerations

  • Read the material list ahead of time; several things are needed
  • Requires class to make their own recycled paper
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Pros

  • Recipe for the paper-pulp mixture is provided
Cons

  • None