Grand Award

First Place

Nature Paper

Plants and the Environment
Isaac Ornstein

Rane Clements

This engineering project aims to answer the question: can paper be made without cutting down trees? Inspiration was found by seeing natural materials and researching how many trees are cut down to supply us with paper. The hypothesis was that dried leaves would be the best natural ingredient to make paper from. The experiment was conducted using dried leaves, dried petals and a combination of dried leaves/ petals with cardboard. The dried natural ingredients were boiled and blended to make a pulp. Paper was made using a net on a frame. After it had dried, the paper was tested to see if it could be written and colored on, cut and folded. The results did not support the hypothesis as the paper made from dried petals performed better. The paper that was engineered was successful in providing a way to make paper without cutting down trees.

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