Let's stop using paper

By Aastha, Riti, and Grace

Why should we stop using paper at school?

Students end up using more than 600 sheets of paper every year. Most of the times, at the end of the year, students will throw away those journals, papers or composition notebooks. If each student in the world throws away that much paper, how are we ever going to reduce our carbon footprint without encouraging a solution? That is what we are here to talk about today

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Isn't writing better that typing?

Even though we have IPads, 3/4 of the time, we are sitting in a desk with a piece of paper and a pencil, ready to attack. Instead it should be the other way around. You are probably like, ' Wait, isn't writing with a pencil better than typing?' Yes, it is, but it is between the comparison of hand motion and movements then just a press of a button. We have technology in the tip of our hands, and it is so advanced that you don't have to type if you don't want to. In fact, we can write which our finger, or stores sell nice styluses which won't make your writing look like a hairball that a cat choked up on. I agree, maybe its ok to use an occasional paper and pencil, so even if we do, use FRONT AND BACK!!

Why should we do this change and how is it beneficial to West?

We need to stop using so much paper because it hurts the environment we already have so many resources. Paper even costs a lot of money; A school spends more than 2 billion dollars a year just for paper! Sure, Ipads also cost a lot, but think about it.You buy Ipads for one grade and one grade only, a resource that they use until the student graduates. Now isn't that more useful than 2 billion dollars of waste that hurts the environment and students will not use in the up coming grades? You won't have to buy any excess things like styluses or accesories because it is already on the school supply list.

How is this change positive for the students at West?

Unlike paper, once you throw it in the trash, it is gone forever. However, if you try to delete something on a device, it will always stay there, no matter how hard you try to delete it. If we download a notebook app instead of using an actual notebook, none of your hard work will be thrown away, and if you ever need to reference back, it is always there.

These are videos explaining the problems with paper and the solution to it.

Cut down paper waste Explainer Video
Reducing Paper Waste


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