We need supplies like binders and notebooks to learn, and when August comes around, we run to Target to buy these supplies. As essential as School Supplies are to our learning, they are also harmful for our environment.
According to Time Magazine, “People cut down 15 billion trees each year and the global tree count has fallen by 46% since the beginning of human civilization.” The production of new school supplies contributes largely to this number.
1 kilogram of paper kills 2 or 3 trees, and every student uses about 3-4 kilograms of paper per year, resulting in around 12 trees killed per student. Since there are so many students, around 1.4 billion trees are killed each year(How Many Trees Are Cut Down Each Year For Paper).
This doesn’t even account for the other school supplies like pencils, biners, and folders. With these supplies, the number reaches a whopping 10+ billion.
However, we don’t need to buy new supplies every year. A lot of the time, we have
perfectly good school supplies from last year. They may have a few dents and bruises but they still do the job.
It may be hard to sacrifice a shiny, new binder to give us motivation for our AP classes or subjects, but it is worth it if it helps the environment. By saving school supplies, we can contribute to helping our environment in the fight against climate change!
We can even reduce the amount of trash that ends up in the landfill. Studies show that 77% of school supplies are wasted each year. The average American school wastes an estimated 67 pounds per student per year in disregarded school supplies and lunches
In 2015, Americans alone generated 262.4 million tons of waste, and the average person generates 4.4 pounds of trash every day, according to an EPA report(The Black & White)
To save all this trash from piling up, we can reuse some of our school supplies from the previous year! We can also use a more eco-friendly option.
Many brands, like Five Star, are producing new notebooks, pencils, and folders that are made from recycled material. This can be incredibly helpful when buying school supplies. This way, we still get new supplies but are eco-friendly at the same time!
As you can see, one of the threats to our environment is wasting school supplies and having to produce new ones. However, if each student does their part in saving school supplies, we can help our environment grow and contribute to saving our planet.
Each student can save a tree by reusing a folder!