Stu­dents in pa­per­less push

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

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.

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