Pencil and paper

Re-use materials as many times as possible, and dispose of them properly after final use

A lot of timber is needed for the production of textbooks, notebooks, pencils and other school supplies. This takes a toll on forests, which in turn leads to dwindling or disappearing populations of various plant and animal species. It also leads to soil erosion and depletes groundwater supplies.

You can help to preserve forests if you:

  • Re-use paper as often as possible; borrow books from your local library; write on both sides of a sheet of paper; and keep textbooks in good condition so they can be used year after year.
  • Buy a new pencil only after using up your old one completely.