The importance of recycling is a lesson that must be instilled from childhood, to know the multiple benefits it brings to the planet. In this guide you will learn step by step how to make recycled paper at home in an easy and simple way.
This ancient form of recycling has its origins in the year 1031 in Japan, although there are those who claim that in China, where paper was invented. Recycled paper is a way to give a second life to this material made with cellulose fiber, from the wood of trees.
Why is it important to recycle paper?
Papermaking involves an industrial process that releases large emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). By undergoing a sustainability process, paper made from recycled material rather than cellulose can reduce the energy cost used by up to 60%.
That is why, in order to protect the planet and build a more sustainable world, in 2015 world leaders created the 17 sustainable development goals, with guidelines to gradually improve the ecosystem. According to the Ecology and Development Foundation (ECODES), for every ton of paper that is collected and recycled, the following is saved:
- 2 cubic meters of landfill.
- 140 liters of oil.
- 50,000 litres of water.
- The emission of 900 kilos of carbon dioxide.
Can all types of paper be recycled?
Although it may be thought that any type of paper can go through a recycling process, the truth is that not all are suitable for a second life. This is because what is recycled is cellulose. However, not all paper is composed of it.
These are the types that can be recycled on a regular basis:
- Magazines and newspapers.
- Clean boxes and cartons.
- Flyers and advertising brochures.
- Sheets of written paper, photocopies and prints.
On the other hand, there are certain kinds of paper low in cellulose or that have been in contact with pollutants, which should not be introduced into recycling containers. The following are non-recyclable:
- Toilet paper.
- Photo paper or fax.
- Waxed or paraffin papers.
Toilet paper cannot be recycled, however, the cardboard tube that carries it is susceptible to a second life.
Guide to making recycled paper at home
After knowing the benefits for the ecosystem of giving paper a second life, it’s time to get down to work and learn how to make recycled paper from the comfort of home and in an easy and simple way. Take note of the following steps.
- Scissors to cut it into small pieces.
- 1 blender or food processor.
- 1 container or large container.
- Waste paper that can be recycled.
- 1 mesh, strainer or drainer.
- 1 sponge.