PYP 2 Sharing the Planet – Accessing experts in the local community

Visit to the handmade paper institute- Papertells

PYP 2 has been inquiring into Reducing and Reusing to support the sustainability of the Earth’s resources. We visited Paper Tells to inquire into how cloth can be recycled to make paper, reducing the need to cut trees. This was an eye opening visit for the students as none of them had imagined they were going to see paper being made from scrap cloth!




Visit to The Farm – Protecterra

As an extension of the student’s learning, PYP 2 also visited Ms. Pooja Bhale’s farm, to witness how one can contribute towards sustaining the Earth’s resources. Ms. Bhale has constructed her dwelling completely out of waste materials i.e. materials that were no longer required by people like steel/iron poles, bamboos, tiles, tyres, doors etc. She has made a conscientious effort  to be self-sufficient in the farm by growing her own food, making her own compost pit and conserving and storing rainwater for reuse on-site promoting rain water harvesting. She even makes her own soap, toothpaste and shampoo to avoid releasing chemicals into the Earth. Although she admits her shampoo is not so great! She lets Nature rule, nurturing all plants and animals that make “The Farm” their home.

Let’s read a student’s reflect to find out more about what they learnt about the Handmade Paper Industry.

Handmade Paper – Eunchan Kang

General Statement – Handmade paper is made out of waste fabric.

Description – Handmade paper is when waste fabric is collected and shredded into small pieces in a machine. It is put into another machine and its cut even smaller. This is soaked and put on the net. It will be spread over in a big tub and taken out to dry. When it is done they put it in the rollers to squeeze the water. This paper is then left out to dry again and will be pressed with rollers to make it straight. When all this is done the handmade paper is ready.

Evaluation – Fabric can be reused to make new paper and it can help to cut less trees.