Sleeve 4 Sleeve
SAVING THE WORLD, ONE COFFEE SLEEVE AT A TIME
It was a blustery morning as four heroic students formed together and created a group devoted to making a change in this world. Climate change is a huge problem and something must be done about. We took it upon ourselves to make a difference. One smaller problem contributing to climate change is deforestation, and we as a group decided that that was where we should start. But we quickly realized that deforestation is way too big a problem to tackle as 7th grade students in four weeks. We narrowed it down even more and eventually arrived at a much more specific problem that is paper waste in food products and containers. We went through many ideas that we deemed undoable within the time allotted and finally circled back to one of our original ideas, Sleeve 4 Sleeve
Using paper not only kills trees, but uses water and oil. 324 liters of water is used to make one kilogram of paper. That is a huge amount of water. Also 42% of all global wood harvest is used to make paper. And to print a Sunday Edition of the New York Times, it requires 75,000 trees! We can stop all of this waste. Recycling 1 ton saves around 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 liters of water, and 17 trees. Our idea could help save paper by reducing paper packaging. Paper packaging makes up ⅓ or more of our trash. And U.S. Offices use 12.1 trillion sheets of paper a year.
We came up with the idea to repurpose old, ripped, stain, ugly, etc. clothing that people don't wear anymore. Sleeve 4 Sleeve is a coffee sleeve made out of the old clothes. We will have clothes drives all over LA and use the clothes to make reusable coffee sleeves. We can put these sleeves into coffee shops so people won’t waste as much paper when using paper coffee sleeves because, be honest, have you ever saved kept a coffee sleeve and reused it? We will give all the sleeves to a coffee shop near Lucy Lipofsky’s house called Go Get Em Tiger. We still need to ask them how many coffee sleeves they use a day. We found that thick materials are perfect for these sleeves. Sock, hoodies, and leggings also work because they also ready have the elastic in them.