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The consumption of paper in the world has increased exponentially with the growth of the population, and with it the paper industry.
Look to start only two data:
- Paper is one of the most common waste in the home or office. According to the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico 22M tons of paper are thrown away each year, the equivalent of more than 2,000 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
- Did you know that the average American uses almost 21,000 sheets of toilet paper a year? Arranged throughout can you cover 23 soccer fields?
That is a crazy amount of toilet paper!
The paper can be recycled, and if you are a little eco-conscious you can consider buying recycled paper, and even recycled toilet paper.
Most recycled toilet paper is made from post-consumer recycled content (PCR). PCR is paper that has been used in the past in homes and offices (no toilet paper used, don't panic!). However, there is a small problem with BPA (Bisphenol A), and that is that it is a chemical that is not degradable in water.
Is there BPA in my toilet paper?
The short answer is yes.
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology found traces of BPA in many recycled paper products, including toilet paper. The culprit appears to be thermal receipt paper, which is contributing most of the BPA to our recycled products.
Fortunately, the practice of using BPA in thermal paper is being discontinued by companies as digitization progresses even to contactless wireless electronic card payment devices. Well, the biggest contributor to this thermal paper has been the paper that serves as a receipt for credit cards.
Although there is a slight risk of exposure to BPA, recycled toilet paper is still a better option. Using a recycled product helps preserve trees, protect habitat, keep water clean, and save energy.
For the production of paper pulp the virtual water used in the paper production process is massive, not to mention the main resource used: trees.
Some tips to save forests while recycling paper at home.
- It's time to stop throwing our receipts and other BPA-containing paper products in the wastebasket. recycling . And if possible, ask for electronic receipts for your transactions.
- At home and the office, use the back of your papers and by cutting the paper into pieces, turn them into notepads for a second use.
- When disposing of the garbage, separate waste so that paper and cardboard can be recycled effectively.
- Keep the newspaper used to ripen your bananas or avocados.
- Newsprint can also be used to clean windows and leave them spotless.
Recycling paper can be done from home with readily available utensils.
Here are the instructions to create recycled paper at home and thus give new life to used sheets, old newspapers or old receipts.
- Paper to reuse cut into small pieces
- Vinyl paint of the color you want
- Plastic container
- A wooden shovel
- A tray
- A wire mesh
- A roller
1.- Place the paper on the plastic sheet and pour water. Let the paper soak for approximately 10 minutes and stir constantly with the wooden shovel.
2.-Once soaked, liquefy the paper at low speed and little by little add the vinyl paint until you get a homogeneous mixture.
3.-Take the wire mesh and place it on the tray. Later spread the mixture on the mesh, you can help the roller so that the excess water falls and remains the desired thickness.
4.-Let it dry and then carefully peel off the recycled paper sheet.
5.-Repeat the process until you finish with your mixture.
If you have other ideas to reuse materials such as paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, among others, share them with us!