Scrap paper was the primary ingredient in Mme. Webster’s class’ fruit salad this November. The grade 6 students took the challenge of “closing the loop”, using waste material to create something new. In this case, they diverted scrap paper from the recycling and used it to make new paper – in the shape of fruits including watermelon and strawberries.
To make homemade paper, students first ripped up the scraps into small pieces, before putting it in the blender with water. Once it reached a smoothie-like consistency, the mixture was filtered, and shaped into whatever their creative minds could think of. Finally, the new paper was rolled out and left to dry.
What a fun way to learn first-hand h ow old things can become new again!