Making Paper At Home

Jeromy and I had been studying why it's important to recycle, and how the environment benefits from it.  I found this really neat at-home paper recycling kit, and these are photos of us putting it to use.  For our first time we decided to recycle newspaper.  Here's what we did:

Step 1:  shred your paper into small pieces (the smaller the better)
Step 2:  soak the paper in water for at least 2 hours, the longer the better

Step 3:  fill "blender" with soaked paper and water (not too much water)
Step 4:  crank the blender, blend until you get "pulp", 'til it's like thick soup
Step 5:  pour pulp onto mesh screen panel

Step 6:  put cleaning cloth on top of "pulp paper," push down
Step 7:  use sponge to absorb some excess water; peel off mesh screen; place cloth and paper on bottom part of press
Step 8:  place another cloth on top of paper; screw top of press as tight as possible, squeezing out as much water.

Finally, remove cloth and paper from press, and let dry.... ta da!

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