Family - We cut down our forests and throw its
product away in the bin.
Paper has a long
we ought to take care of
In China they have known
about the production of paper since before the birth of
Christ. The raw materials of which were bamboo, cotton, the
fibres of some plants and the waste of other
10/12/2000. In the
middle ages, paper produced in Europe was principally made
from cotton, linen and also from rags. The start of the art of
printing books increased the use of paper; however it was not
until 1854 that it was possible to manufacture wood with
machines to produce cellulose.
What is paper?
Paper is an organic
material. Most paper that we use comes from trees. Almost a
third of all waste of cities is in the form of
All fibres of vegetable
origin are appropriated for the production of paper. This
signifies that it is not only trees that are serving as a raw
material for it's production, but also it's use is leading to
very big profits for the paper industry.
To what uses can we give
In small quantities, paper
finely broken up can be incorporated into a common
If it is not printed on,
it can be burned, and the ashes used as a compost for plants
or the garden because they are rich in nutrients. Also they
serve as insect repellants. Ashes can be kept in a metal box
in a dry place to be used at a later date.
Printed paper, such as
newspapers or magazines, contains toxic matter that comes
form the inks, and that complicates its reuse. For this
reason, it is better to recycle this type of paper, that is
to say, to return it to the industries to produce more
paper. You can look in the yellow pages in the telephone
directory for places in charge of selling it to the
Paper can be converted
into paper-mashe, an excellent material to make masks and
puppets out of. The paper is soaked in water to soften it,
any excess water disposed of and mixed with a white glue and
wheat-flour until it forms a moldable paste. Once it gives
this desired form and when this dries, one can paint it. You
can develop it to the height of your creativity.
One can convert it into
more home-made paper if you make a pulp, in a small carton
with lukewarm water, then squeeze it with a rolling pin,
spreading it out into a thin layer over the top of a sieve
and then leave it to dry in the sun. It can then incorporate
dried flowers and vegetable colouring.
If you want to cook
open-air, you can make "peloticas" (small paper balls) with
the wet paper. The water does not allow this paper to
pollute and its ashes enriches the soil.
Remember to write on both
sides of a sheet of paper and do not crumple up waste paper
into balls because this takes up more
In the name of GAIA, the
Mother Earth, Thank You.
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