Paper Recycling at Participating Schools Til End of School Year

by Cindy Pantea

Keep Akron Beautiful-America Recycles Day Mixed Paper Recycling Contest

Keep Akron Beautiful photo from America Recycles Day/Mixed Paper Recycling Contest.

For those who may not be aware, River Valley Paper Company is keeping paper recycling bins at the schools that participated in Keep Akron Beautiful’s 3rd annual mixed paper drive competition celebrating 2012’s America Recycles Day.

So if you plan to do a 2013 cleanout of magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper or cardboard and need a place to recycle it, in order to keep up with your green New Year’s resolution ;-), go to a school near you: Helen Arnold CLC, Betty Jane CLC, Case Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Glover CLC, Seiberling Elementary School, Pfeiffer Elementary School, David Hill CLC, Leggett CLC, Judith Resnick CLC, McEbright CLC, Voris CLC, Findley CLC, Crouse CLC, East CLC, Miller South School of the Visual & Performing Arts, Jennings CLC , Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Mason CLC, Litchfield Middle School, Kenmore High School, North High School, Buchtel High School, Chapel Hill Christian School, Discovery Montessori School, Hoban High School, Imagine School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Bernard- Saint Mary School, Towpath Trail School, Akros Middle School, and The Edge Academy.

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Forest Bathing: Recycle and Save a Tree for Your Daily Forest Walk

by Cindy Pantea

America Recycles Day Poster Winner

America Recycles Day first place poster.

You may think this is another Keep Akron Beautiful post about recycling to save the environment, but it isn’t – well…not exactly. It is actually about you, the environment and your well-being. It is about a project that is studying how trees, flowers and overall nature can really be beneficial to you healthwise, especially when it comes to reducing stress.

The project, by the Forestry Agency in Japan, funded by their government since 2004, is proving that shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is lowering blood pressure, reducing cortisol (the stress hormone), decreasing heart rate, lowering sympathetic nerve activity, and hopefully eliminating, karoshi — death by overwork.

What is shinrin-yoku?

Shinrin-yoku is similar to aromatherapy, yoga and/or meditation and is inspired by Shinto and Buddhist practices. It involves taking in nature through all your five senses and breathing in nature’s essential oils.

Sixty-seven percent of Japan’s landmass is covered by forest, and right now 48 official Forest Therapy trails are designated for the Forestry Agency and their rangers to collect data from visitors, like blood pressure, heart rate, etc., for the shinrin-yoku project. It is their goal to have 100 of these sites within the next 10 years.

Their data of 600 research subjects is proving that compared to urban walks, the visitors/research subjects of their Forest Therapy trails have shown a:

  • 12.4 percent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol
  • 7% decrease in sympathetic nerve activity
  • 1.4% decrease in blood pressure
  • 5.8 percent decrease in heart rate

On subjective tests, study participants also report better moods and lower anxiety.

Of course, now I have to say it: All the more reason to recycle paper and save the trees ;-).

Keep Akron Beautiful is for Quality of Life

downtown Keep Akron Beautiful flowerscape

Downtown Akron Keep Akron Beautiful flowerscape.

At Keep Akron Beautiful, our mission is: Improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsbile environmental management. We hope that our beautiful Flowerscapes do their part to lower your stress and improve your quality of life, but don’t forget to take time to get away from town, too, and do a little forest bathing.

Thank you to America in Bloom whose article on the subject first caught my attention. Click the link below for the originating article:



How to Make Your Own Paper

by Cindy Pantea

If you read Jacqui’s blog post on America Recycles Day about her visit to Case Elementary School in Akron, you learned that the students from Case made their own paper. Making your own paper is a fun activity and a great way to recycle on your own! Here is how the kids at Case made their own paper:

First, the students tore the paper in strips. They used newspaper, but you can use any type of old paper (used notebook paper, used typing paper, used envelopes).

Recycling: How to make paper - shred

Next, the students made pulp with small shreds of paper and some water. While some may use a mortar and pestle, these students used a blender and fed the paper in the top as it was whir-r-rling away!

Recycling: How to make paper - blend to make pulp

Then, the students poured the pulp over a framed screen that was in a pan of water.

Recycling: How to make paper - pour pulp on screen

Next, the students carefully lifted the screen out of the pan of water to let it air dry.

Recycling: How to make paper - lift screen of pulp

Finally, after the paper dried, the students carefully peeled the dried paper from the screen and voila…

Recycling: How to make paper - voila

THEY MADE PAPER!!!! And, you can too!

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Happy America Recycles Day: Celebrating Recycling TODAY and EVERYDAY

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

What a wonderful day to celebrate recycling! Today, I was able to see the reasons why Keep Akron Beautiful puts the Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day programs together for all of the students across the City of Akron! I visited Mr. Craig Sampsell’s class at Case Elementary School to take photos of their paper-making activity and their “Green Team” paper pickup. I also learned all the reasons why they LOVE RECYCLING! Make sure to check out the gallery below to see all the pictures of the students in Mr. Sampsell’s class making paper and recycling! Happy America Recycles Day to all! We hope you have taken the pledge to recycle MORE!