- Date 25 May 2021
World Environment Day is just around the corner (5th June!) and has been a yearly event since 1974.
The purpose of the day is to inspire positive change and address pressing environmental issues. Environmental consciousness is a topic that can easily be incorporated into the curriculum in subjects such as Art, English, and Geography, but what can schools do to minimise their own impact on the environment?
For this blog, we shall be focusing on paper usage in schools.
Worldwide, 4 billion trees are cut down every year to make paper. In the UK alone, we use approx. 12.5 million tonnes of paper each year, with 24 trees being needed to make a single tonne of paper. Whilst we recycle approx. 80% of the paper we use, more still needs to be done.
Due to exercise books, worksheets, templates, tests, report cards, art projects and more, schools account for masses of wasted paper. The average Primary School student produces about 45kg (including food and paper) of waste each year, and the average Secondary School student produces about 22kg.
So, what can we do?