Students in paperless push
AUSTRALIND Primary School plans to go paperless for its monthly newsletter and save one tree per year as a result.
“Since the rise in popularity in the photocopier in schools about 35 years ago, schools have printed out a three or four page newsletter each month which is about one tree per year for each school,” the school’s deputy principal Narelle King said.
“There are over 800 primary schools in WA so that is 800 trees per year.”
Mrs King said students researched the sustainability of paper newsletters and put forward a proposal to the school’s administration to make changes.
“The students wrote persuasive reports to the administration to highlight how many trees the newsletters used, the cost, the energy use of the resources used to make the paper, run the photocopier and print the newsletters,” she said.
One of the personal arguments submitted was that “a newsletter sent electronically is much better because it doesn’t destroy trees or burn as much coal for electricity.
“People can read it when they want and it is can’t be so easily lost or accidently used in the bird cage”.
“Australind Primary School is very pleased to ‘go paperless’ for their newsletter and students will continue to research other ways to make wide spread school practices more sustainable,” Mrs King said.