The carbon footprint of an individual is the amount of emissions caused by his activities, expressed in carbon dioxide equivalent.
The harmful effects of carbon footprint are as follows:
- It leads to global warming
- It is responsible for drastic climate changes
- It causes economic losses and severe diseases
- It leads to soil, water and air pollution
- It disrupts the appeal of the area
- It can potentially destroy several ecosystems and our environment, if not regulated
Below are 6 recycling methods for specific products to reduce your carbon footprint:
The first step of every recycling method is to dispose of the waste in respective bins to make sure it reaches the right recycling experts.
The paper collected from bins are mixed with water and chemicals in paper mills to break it down. It is then chopped and heated to further break it down into a type of organic plant material, strands of cellulose. It is known as slurry or pulp. The pulp is then strained through screens to remove plastic or glue residue.
Then it is cleaned, de-inked, bleached and mixed with water to manufacture recycled paper. Paper has different grades, and similarly, recycled paper is also manufactured in different grades for a variety of purposes. The three types of paper waste are as follows:
- Mill broke– Paper trimmings and paper scrap from manufacturing is termed as mill broke.
- Pre-consumer waste– Paper material which is discarded after it leaves the paper mill, but before it reaches the consumer.
- Post-consumer waste– Paper waste which is discarded after consumer use.
Expert advice- Apart from contributing to paper recycling by disposing of carefully, you can also go paperless by using digital platforms and their features.