A single person can Transform planet earth. See how!
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A single person can Transform planet earth. See how!

Apr 23, 2019

Latest news on plastic pollution talks about plastic chemicals spotted in a birds egg in arctic colonies. Hormone impacting element in the chemical was found to have scary gender bending effects ( changes, that bring about variation in how a specific person thinks about himself, or herself, and how the person starts exhibiting behaviour, that do not comply with the behaviour, assigned to that gender by the society and norms). These plastic chemicals were found in plastic bottle tops and cigar butts which the birds ate mistaking them to be food and thus become prone to get affected by the unknown detrimental effects. The effect may be as deep as changing the original behaviour of the species, getting them harmful to humans.

Mani Vajipey, an indian American in US, quit his job just to get back to India, to open a recycling factory on his own. India stands in a good position, in the attempts to recycle the biodegradable materials. High end recycling, as in, recycling of huge things like car bumpers and shampoo containers is being targeted at. At the same time India is among the top contributors to plastic litters, all over the world. So what’s the solution to corner down this contrasting high plastic litter or high plastic usage? Do more of better recycling methods and find more alternative products that are environmentally safe and biodegradable.

The paper pencils which have a seed at the bottom, that can grow into a plant when put into soil in a pot!
The paper pencils which have a seed at the bottom, that can grow into a plant when put into soil in a pot!

Among the attempts, we may have heard of the recycled PET bottles; they go into clothes, sofa material, sofa cover or to stuff inside pillows. But then have we heard of this rare innovation in pencil world: The paper pencils which have a seed at the bottom, that can grow into a plant when put into soil in a pot! This ingenious eco friendly pencil is made out of used paper. The makers swear not to use plastic or wood or polymers or cut trees.

How does a small change in the thin pencil usage bring about a transformation in our environment and global warming effects?

Did you know turning a 2.5 foot stack of waste paper into pencils can save a 20 foot high tree? We don’t think it’s an exaggeration, if we say, more than 70 million pencils can be created from the huge pile of papers that get pressed into our Sunday newspaper editions! Studies say so.

Okay, how are these pencils made? Newspaper sheets go around graphite sticks, without inclusion of any chemical. The entire structure is held tight by an adhesive that does its job much easier than it does on harder wood. These pencils are seen to not cause any pressure on the sharpeners because the blade has to work on paper and not on wood, thus extends the life of sharpeners too. Who knows? We , may come up with a non plastic material to cover up the sharpener blades.

Since made of paper, paper pencils have a softer grip and thus don’t collapse on applying uneven pressure at times.
Since made of paper, paper pencils have a softer grip and thus don’t collapse on applying uneven pressure at times.

Stationery boxes supplied to schools, wrappers for candies and confectioneries, cases for pencils and pens, bags for packaging snacks and more of such daily usage plastic commodities are being targeted at, in the venture of reducing plastic usage.

Where can you buy these pencils? Check gogrameen, stationerymela, plantcil, and a few other vendors are becoming responsible towards our planet earth and manufacturing paper pencils for us. Sandwich method of pressing two wooden halves around a graphite lead in making wood pencils, is not as symmetrical as, rolling newspapers around the lead in making paper pencils.

Since made of paper, paper pencils have a softer grip and thus don’t collapse on applying uneven pressure at times. Price? Guess what. They may cost more than wood pencils, as they are just upcoming now and can grow in demand; additionally the makers are quite low in numbers so may put on prices on their few pieces. Can’t you contribute a few rupees more if you are helping your own planet in the way? Yes we can!