At BHS we use 1200 boxes of paper a year; that's about 720 trees or 18 sheets per student per day! In 2006, the average American used 663 pounds of paper, much more than in any other country. 90% of this ended up in municipal waste streams, accounting for 1/3 of all waste in the US (see: http://secret-life.org/index.php andwww.conserveatree.com). Each day we toss out thousands of pages of paper and countless ink cartridges.
When we use paper, we contribute to deforestation and release carbon dioxide (CO2) into the environment which causes the earth to warm.
Printing requires plastic ink cartridges that are difficult or impossible to recycle. Plastic packaging uses fossil fuels which releases CO2, and spent containers pile up in landfills and may release polymers into lakes, streams and oceans.
Let's make history in history class and demonstrate that we can learn more using less. Read or download the Go Green Guide.