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Make recycled paper

You will need:

  • Warm water with starch added
  • Waste paper from old notebooks,newspapers and magazines
  • Bucket or an old basin
  • Mortar and Pestle, or any other device to crush the paper
  • Wire mesh sieve



  1. Tear the paper into small pieces.
  2. Soak the paper in the warm starch solution for 3-4 hours.
  3. Take the paper out of the water and pound it with the mortar and pestle until it is pulpy.
  4. Add more starch to the paper thicken the mix, stir thoroughly.
  5. Place the pulp in the sieve and press gently to remove the water.
  6. Turn the sieve upside down onto a smooth surface and flatten the pulp and thin as possible.
  7. The paper will be ready to use once dry.
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Every tonne of recycled paper saves around 2.5 barrels of oil, 13 trees and 31,780 litres of water.
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