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                                                                    - 10 / 12 / 00 -   

Paper has a long history, 

we ought to take care of it  


Family - We cut down our forests and throw its product away in the bin.

Paper has a long history,

we ought to take care of it.







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 material.

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 paper.

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 paper? 

  • In small quantities, paper finely broken up can be incorporated into a common compost. 

  • 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 industries. 

  • 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 space.  

In the name of GAIA, the Mother Earth, Thank You.

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