How many times a day do you touch paper? Items like textbooks, cereal boxes, receipts, notebooks, catalogs, newspapers, and magazines play a huge role in daily life. But the use of paper and paper goods has a very real price: trees. Over 30% of trees cut down in the US are made directly into paper, and the loss of forests domestically and internationally contributes to global warming, water pollution, and decreased biodiversity and animal life. This is bad news. So what’s the alternative? Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Use less paper by emailing school assignments, buying in bulk, saying no to receipts, and canceling junk mail; small changes can make a significant difference! Switching to 100% recycled, post-consumer or tree free paper while properly recycling the paper you do use protects the planet. Our goal with this initiative is to inform about the impact of paper, empower students to make the switch to 100% recycled, post-consumer waste or tree-free paper on school campuses, demand that bookstores source from and sell products by ethical paper companies, and think about how to reduce paper use in every aspect of daily life.
Within the Conscious Paper Toolkit, you will find a step by step guide to implementing a conscious paper policy at your school. Topics include a paper overview, implementation guide, possible road blocks, organizational tips, and resources. If you have questions or would like to talk further about how to implement a conscious paper policy at your school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to support you!
We have also partnered with students, teachers, and sustainable manufacturers to produce the Conscious School Supply List with the best, most affordable sustainable alternatives for common classroom products that students use on a daily basis. Have ideas for additions to this list? Share!