As we are all surrounded by trees, we are all surrounded also by paper. Where ever we look, we see paper. Whether they’re in a form of a poster, or a journal, or a newspaper, and or a book. Indeed, paper is an important aspect of our everyday life. However, the production of paper can become harmful to our environment, and the need to supplement it is ought to consider. There for, the utility of books and journal should be supplemented by electronic devices as these are more environmentally efficient.
Paper industries are very harmful to our environment and are very environmentally inefficient. They are harmful because they produce a lot of water wastes that are high on toxicity. As well, paper industries are inefficient because they use lots of trees. When paper is being produced for various reasons, such as for books, or newspapers or other, lots of water is consumed. Considering the amount of publishing that goes on everyday around the world, might be scary to imagine how much water is actually wasted. As these waters get intoxicated by different pollutants from the production process, it becomes difficult to eliminate these wastes. For example, Pulp from paper contains lots of bacteria and does not degrade. There for, leading this whole process to water depletion. Also, when waters get infected, they infect all the ecosystem of the cold waters. in the text “Environmental Management, Structure, Networks and Information Exchange: The Case of a Tasmanian Pulp and Paper Mil”, the author point out that “such effluents [water waste pollutants] can generate unpleasant odours, taint fish flesh, and encourage acidity, slime growth, scum and discolouration to the water”. Thus, possibly also infecting us. So finding solutions to these kind of problems could be difficult. However, if we think out of the box, it could be just as easy. Technology has advances so much with years, to the point that today we can use electronic paper. Through e-books and other electronic devices, reading different books or articles can be much more eco-friendly. As these are not hard-printed-copies, they do not dispose toxic and hazardous pollutants that could harm seriously our waters. Electronic books have no need to be published, as these could be found online through database. The cost productions of electronic books is also lower than that of hard printed books. Making them more accessible physically and financially. Electronic paper should supplement the hard copy paper, as this will reduce environmental damages. There would be no flooding, no deforestation and less wastes.
Electronic paper as an alternative has lots of advantages. It is not only eco-friendly, it is also student-friendly. Electronic books are compact, small and efficient. They contain everything in one single “book”. Student have no need to carry heavy hard-copy-books, as these are all contained in one. Electronic books are also much less expansive when compared to hard-copy-book. In a research study article “Evaluating the electronic textbook: is it time to dispense with the paper text?” The author points out that when psychology book could be sold for 81.25$, and electronic copy could be purchased almost half price at 40$. He explains in the text that this is due to different production costs. But not only that the electronic book is cheaper in price, it also more efficient for studying. In the same research paper “Evaluating the electronic textbook: is it time to dispense with the paper text?” Result show thatelectronic books are time efficient. Student who participated in the research have shown to study less in time wise than those who study by a hard-copy-book. Its advantages of being electronic permits people to annotate their text easier. By having the option of cut and paste, people don’t need to spend time rewriting their notes on different papers. Making their notes and information more easily accessible. Electronic books are less time consuming. A research has shown that students who studied with a hard-cover-copy spend 2.3hours per week, and students who studied with an electronic device spend 2 hours per week in studying. This research has also shown that students using electronic books found it easier and practical to study, because they had direct access to electronic dictionaries, graphs, videos and other extra resources.
In overall, people should start using electronic paper rather than hard-copy-paper as these are environmentally harmful and inefficient. As our fresh waters are getting infected by different bacteria, electronic books are safer use. They require no tree cutting and no water wastes. Electronic books are also time efficient. They provide the reader with access to different other useful resources, such as online dictionary that can save time in their research. Even if electronic books are not yet so popular in their usage, with time they should be more used. As said earlier, they are not only eco-friendly, they are also student-friendly.
Chadwick, S., & Hanson, D. (2001). Environmental Management, Structure, Networks and Information Exchange: The Case of a Tasmanian Pulp and Paper Mill. Prometheus, 19(1), 27-43. doi:10.1080/08109020110040879
Shepperd, J.A., Grace, J L., Koch, E. (2008). Evaluating the electronic textbook: is it time to dispense with the paper text? Teaching of Psychology. Vol. 35 Issue 1, p2-5. 4p. doi: 10.1080/00986280701818532