1. Recycling helps reduce the number of trees that are cut down and increase the efficiency of using paper. Since it is found that trees sequester CO2 from the atmosphere and can retain it even after being cut down, it is more environmental to cut and replant. Older trees are actually carbon neutral because they output just as much CO2 as they retain. This makes younger trees much more effective at improving the ratio of oxygen to carbon. This means it is more effective for cleaning atmosphere to cut down the oldest trees and replant new ones in their place. Let’s say that a single plot of land, regardless of its size, is made up of 50% trees that are old (Carbon Neutral) and 50% young trees. If the old trees are cut down and manufactured into paper, they are still retaining their carbon and new more effective trees are planted where they once were.
2. The best way to help save the atmosphere would be to not cut down any trees or forests. Paper plays a very important role in our society because it can be turned into thousands of products so deforestation can’t be eliminated. Instead it is more environmental to use paper where plastic is used whenever possible. Not many people know that even though trees are cut down and cooked, after the process the paper can still absorb carbon dioxide from the air. ” Paper can, even after manufacture, printing, distribution, and eventual disposal, still carry a significant carbon credit, in some cases equal to 200 kilograms (440 lb) of carbon dioxide per tonne of paper.”
- “When trees are burned, harvested, or otherwise die, they release their carbon back into the atmosphere.”
- “Trees capture carbon dioxide by taking it into their cells through photosynthesis. They then store the carbon in their bodies; a tree is comprised of about 50 percent carbon.”
- “Loss of forests contributes as much as 30 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions each year–rivaling emissions from the global transportation sector.”
- Bamboo is very affective at making paper because it grows extremely fast, 3 to 4 feet per day and is very aesthetically pleasing.
- ” A bamboo grove also releases some 35 percent more oxygen into the air than a similar-sized stand of trees, and it matures (and can be replanted) within seven years (compared to 30-50 years for a stand of trees), helping to improve soil conditions and prevent erosion along the way.”
- While this is true, it is by a miniscule amount. ” Explain to students that rainforests are responsible for roughly one-third (28%) of the Earth’s oxygen but most (70%) of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants. The remaining 2 percent of Earth’s oxygen comes from other sources.”
3. The goal is to actually use more paper made from old trees and place them with younger trees. This makes the process of making paper more environmentally friendly. The younger trees will proficiently break carbon down while the paper sequesters it.
4. Smaller topics can include:
If there is a more environmentally friendly way to cut down trees which puts less carbon back into the environment, then companies should be using those methods. This will convince more people to use paper and recycle it. With the discovery of paper creation being so environmentally friendly, more people will choose to take paper over plastic. This is beneficial because more people will (hopefully) choose to use and recycle paper instead of plastic, which degrades slower. Plastic frequently ends up in landfills and bodies of water instead of being recycled.
Trees in our environment are beneficial because they take carbon and break it down into the air that we breathe. This means the more trees we have in our environment the more CO2 that is removed and broken down. Older trees are not able to breakdown the carbon dioxide as well as newer trees causing them to be carbon neutral. Owning a large piece of land with old trees is significantly less efficient than a large piece of land with young trees. Trees that are cut down retain their absorbed carbon as long as they are not burned, even if they are turned into paper.
I intend to use this as the main background to why paper is surprisingly found to be environmentally friendly. The broad information will allow me to lead into other topics which my other sources will cover.
A piece of paper’s life cycle starts when trees are cut down and manufactured. They are then used and recovered when they recycled. Paper is environmental because the only time it is detrimental towards the environment is when it is being manufactured, after which it re-absorbs the carbon it once had. By using more paper, more trees must be planted. This gives us a world where there are a lot new trees absorbing carbon dioxide and paper products which are retaining it.
I intend to use this information to back up my argument for using more paper. This is essential because NZ Wood is a company which reinforces the creation and use of paper to positively benefit the environment. They have a lot of useful articles which go in to detail about sub-topics including climate change and science behind the abosrbtion carbon dioxide. “The growth of a stand of trees is not a straight line; growth starts slowly, builds up momentum, and then levels off as the trees reach maturity. Put in mathematical terms, growth is sigmoidal not linear.” This can be used to further affirm that the effectiveness of trees pertaining to carbon dioxide levels off as they mature.
Trees don’t live forever so it is not necessary to keep the old trees that are going to be die off anyway. This is not to mention that the life-span of a tree is significantly shortened if there are germs that infect the trees.
I intend to use this information like the above sources I have found. The source provides more facts that can be used to help support the other statements that I make.
The government and other organizations spend lots of money to control the amount of carbon dioxide that is put into the atmosphere. Contributors can include industries that emit large amounts of CO2 as a waste from chemical production, agriculture, and other types of production. Fortunately, forests save about $22 billion of the carbon control costs.
I intend to use this information to talk about why old trees should be cut down with new ones in their place. This provides an economical stand point for my argument which will make it stronger and more understandable.
So many plastic bags are used every year and yet such a small number of them are recycled. A lot of those that are not recycled end in oceans and other bodies of water. The bags that don’t end up in oceans, but rather landfills don’t fully degrade. Smaller fragments are left in the environment which soak up toxins and pollute the soil. It is also bad economically because retailers spend billions of dollars a year to sell their single-use plastic bags.
I intend to use this information to back up why the production of paper is more important than the production of plastic bags. It is important to have some information on it so that I can explain why to the people that would question paper over plastic.