Save Paper

Flyer: Save Paper = Save Trees = Save Earth

Who Wastes the Most Paper?

Statistics show that students are one of the main consumers of paper. Not only do they use up large amounts of paper, but they waste the most as well. According to the George Lucas Education Foundation, an average classroom of 30 students uses approximately as much as 250,000 sheets of paper per school year. Out of those 250,000 sheets off paper, more than half of it is wasted or used inefficiently.

The Problem

When paper is being wasted, many problems arise. Every year, about 6 billion trees are cut down in which over 25 million trees are used to meet the human demand for paper in Canada. When we waste paper, trees are being wasted unnecessarily. Not only that, but hundreds of thousands of habitats are destroyed. When we waste paper, we cause additional air pollution because more trees have to be cut down, and forest diversity is lost. People, especially students, in today society do not consider or even think about the effects of wasting paper, and it is time to take action and change this.
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Survey / Collecting Data

A short while ago, a survey was designed consisting of 3 questions:
  • Do you usually print your sheets double sided or single sided?
  • Do you often find yourself wasting paper?
  • Would you consider using paper more efficiently if you knew how to?

This survey was given to 300 students either in high school or university. After gathering all the data, the survey indicated that:
  1. 214 students print their sheets single sided and 86 students print double sided.
  2. 122 students said they do often waste paper, 95 students said no they do not waste paper and 83 students said they are not sure.
  3. 148 students said yes they would consider using paper more efficiently if they knew how to, 67 students said no they would not consider it, and 85 students said maybe.
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Although the survey proved that more students waste paper, it also indicated that more students would consider or maybe consider using paper more efficiently if they knew how to. This means that the first step to get students to save paper is to educate them about what they can do and how they can do it.

How To Save Paper

1. Print Double Sided

Printing your paper double sided is one of the easiest methods of saving paper. When you print your sheets double sided, you reduce the amount of paper being used by half the amount.

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2. Decrease Font Size

If you already print your sheets double sided, then another thing that you can do to save paper is by reducing your font size slightly. This doesn't mean that you have to make your font so tiny that you can barely read it! In fact, just reducing your font size by one makes a huge impact. The video embedded below demonstrates how this method really helps.

Save Paper to Save Forests
3. Recycle Your Paper

Instead of simply tossing your paper into the trash, it is far better to recycle it. Did you know that every recycled tonne of paper saves approximately 17 trees! If everyone recycled their paper, imagine how many trees we could save.

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Other Benifits

Even though some people are aware of the tips mentioned above, they still do not take action or follow them because they think this only benefits the environment, and it doesn't benefit them in anyway. To clarify this thought, following these tips actually does benefit people in general because by printing double sided or reducing the font size, you can save up to 75 percent on cost! This means that you will have to spend less on paper because you are saving more, while helping the environment as well. The picture below shows how saving paper can lead to several other positive factors.
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Take Home Message

The take home message from this flyer is that wasting paper is a terrible thing to do because it leads to ongoing effects like deforestation, habitat loss, and air pollution. Saving paper and using it efficiently could positively impact the environment and even your lifestyle in so many ways. It is time to take action and do something to solve this issue before it is to late.