Brand new old Paper

Blank Sheet of Paper

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If your anything like me you write your way trough dozens of notebooks every year and when your done with them what do you do with them?

Well the traditional choices would be:

  • keep them in some far away drawer indefinitely;
  • throw them away.

The problem with these actions or strategies, or whatever you want to call them is that eventually your going to have to buy new notebook, and then the cycle begins again.

So what choice do we have? We can recycle!

If you take all your wasted paper and recycle it you’ll be able to make yourself new notebooks, and who knows even sell a few.

So here is what you need:

  • scraps of paper;
  • a blender or a whisk;
  • water;
  • bucket or bowl;
  • a big square pan at least 8 cm deep;
  • a piece of window screen that fits inside the pan;
  • a rolling pin;
  • a measuring cup;
  • towels;
  • and vegetable scraps or dye for colour.

Now to actually doing it:

  1. Tear the scrap paper into tiny pieces and soak them in a bucket of hot water for about 30 minutes. Put a handful of the soaked paper into the blender and mix until mush. Or if using a whisk, beat the mixture until it is a creamy pulp. Add a small amount of vegetable scraps or dye for colour (or even leaves for added texture).
  2. Pour the blended pulp into a measuring cup. Pour roughly 3 cm of water into the pan. Put the screen into the pan and pour one cup of the paper pulp onto the screen.
  3. Spread the pulp evenly in the water with your fingers. It should feel kind of mushy. Lift the screen and let the water drain.
  4. Lay the pulp-covered screen face down on a cloth (tea towel) or in between some newspaper. Lift the screen away, leaving the paper pulp on the cloth. Cover with another cloth and use a rolling pin to flatten and press out excess moisture. Let the pulp dry for at least 24 hours.

And that’s it your done!

You can use your knew just created paper for your daily notes or you can bind the leaves together and make a notebook, have fun with it and let me know how it turned out.

All the steps on how to recycle paper where taken from here, thank you!

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