Coco looked very busy with some pieces of paper, scissors, a knife and some glue. He seemed to be fiddling with those things and generally looking very confused. Mr. Cotton noticed his son and asked him what the matter was. Coco said, “My activity teacher at school has asked us to recycle and reuse the old stuff at home and make something interesting. But I don’t understand what we can make from old things.” Mr. Cotton replied with a smile, “Son we can reuse things to make a lot of interesting stuff. But do you know why we must recycle and reuse things?” Coco shook his head.
Mr. Cotton then said, “It’s important to recycle things because it turns waste products into valuable items and at the same time, saves our environment.” Coco asked immediately, “How can recycling products save our environment?” His father replied, “Recycling a product prevents pollution and saves energy. It also decreases the green house emissions and thus helps reduce global warming.” He added, “Just to give you an insight of how necessary it is to use recycled products, here are some facts from a published report. Of the total waste that US produces, 40 per cent of it is paper, but only 25 to 30 per cent of it is recycled. So, Americans throw away almost an equivalent of 30 million trees a year, just from newsprint alone.” Coco was surprised to here this and said, “Well dad, that is a lot!” “Yes my son,” replied Mr. Cotton.
Coco wanted to know more so he asked, “Dad, what all can we recycle?” “Most of the things that we use in our daily life, like newspapers, other paper products, plastics, glass, aluminum and steel, all these can be recycled and reused,” answered Mr. Cotton. Coco was not sure how to identify which products are recyclable, so Mr. Cotton explained, “When we go shopping, we should look for the recycle symbol or some kind of indication that testifies that it is made from recycled material. We can contribute in preserving the environment by purchasing such recycled products. So, we should be good citizens and use recycled products. Also, we should try to reduce the amount of daily waste we produce. We should only try and buy things that we really need. This way we can reduce the production of waste.”
Coco had learnt his lesson for the day and ended up making some pretty lamp sheds using coloured paper bits and some cardboard for his school assignment.