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# Kindly review and rate my first AWA

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06 Mar 2017, 12:13
Hi Guys,

Request you all to please review, evaluate and review my first AWA. I read more than 20 sample AWA's before I attempted this one. Took me more than 40 mins though. Any feedback or help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

AWA Topic- “If the paper from every morning edition of the nation’s largest newspaper were collected and rendered into paper pulp that the newspaper could reuse, about 5 million trees would be saved each year. This kind of recycling is unnecessary, however, since the newspaper maintains its own forests to ensure an uninterrupted supply of paper.”

AWA Essay -

The author of the argument states that the Nation’s largest newspaper company could easily do away by manufacturing new paper instead of using recycled paper. This is since the newspaper company maintains its own forests for uninterrupted source of wood, main raw material required to produce paper. However, the author fails to mention several key factors on the basis of which the argument could be evaluated.

First of all, the author of argument states that the newspaper company maintains its own forests to ensure an uninterrupted source of forests for wood to create paper. Hence it feels unnecessary to have another source of paper. However, no evidence has been provided to compare the costs of recycling old newspaper vs. production of new paper. If the total cost of producing a paper from recycling is cheaper than manufacturing new paper, the newspaper company could improve its bottom line by sourcing paper through recycling.

Secondly, the author of the argument doesn’t provide any statistics about the current circulation of newspaper neither it mentions any trends about newspaper readers. As forests, natural source of raw material for paper, are limited, the company could fail to produce sufficient number of newspapers if the demand spurs due to increase in newspaper readers. The company, in such a case, cannot merely rely on producing new paper. It may be forced to opt for other sources of paper such as recycled paper.

In addition to the above, the author of the argument fails to consider any environmental benefits that would be achieved by recycling. By recycling, the newspaper company could immensely contribute to environment sustainability by not merely relying on wood as the source of paper. The author provides the evidence that about 5 million trees could be saved through recycling. The author also fails to consider the effects of pollution created during the process of manufacturing of paper.

Clearly, the author of the argument provided a line of reasoning that reveals example of leap of faith, poor reasoning and ill-defined terminology. The evidence provided in the argument isn’t enough to tie back to the logic of the argument. The argument can be fairly evaluated If the author provides sufficient examples to demonstrate commercial implications and impact on environment of recycling paper vs relying on forests as a source of paper.

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