Paper constitutes over a third of all litter. And areas with litter problems are unattractive to tourists and businesses. The students of Army Goodwill School in Partappur, Ladakh (partner school under Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Quality Support Program) noticed that tons of paper are getting wasted on their school and the surrounding Nubra Valley, on a daily basis.
The young students, determined to bring a change, started looking for ways to reduce the environmental effect of paper. They researched and learnt that recycling and reusing is one of the effective ways to reduce paper wastage and pollution.
They moved from classroom to classroom, then to the surroundings and collected all the waste papers they could find. These waste papers were cut into bits and then soaked in a bucket of water for three days. They applied dyes like indelible ink, food color and water color into it. When the paper dissolved, they made pastes out of it and spread on top of a plywood and left to dry in the sun.
Students used those handmade chart papers to write good thoughts and draw beautiful paintings on them and showcase them around the school campus. As many as 200 children has so far participated in recycling paper in the school, thereby keeping the school environment free of paper waste.
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