Did you know that according to one American study, one ton of recycled paper saves a total of 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 280 gallons of oil, and 3.3 Cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy? And as accounted on about.com, it’s enough to power an average US home for six months and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE).
So let me show you then one of our simple ways to help conserve and protect nature at sea.
As the delegated safety officer onboard our ship, I’m tasked to provide each crew member an updated version of our ship’s station bill (a document where type of emergencies and crew’s specific duties are written). Since we are a total of 21 crew and a set of station bill contains 14 pages, I need more or less 250 leaves of paper. However, since I love our nature, I opted to re-use papers waiting to be discharge on waste bins. The said bond papers were used before as documents, diagrams, etc.
After patiently checking for which available side of the paper to print on, I now put them on the printer machine and my goal to provide good copies of station bills out of recycled papers at sea is attained.
With the various benefits we can get from paper recycling, I am more than happy to do it.
Ask Chinese inventor Ts’ai Lun how he created the first real paper and you’ll be surprised to know that he actually made it from mixing recycled rags, fishing nets, hemp and grass!