Paper Facts
  • In 2010, the United States consumed 8 billion pounds of copy paper. That’s 1.6 billion reams, or 800 billion sheets of paper.
  • To manufacture 10 pounds of paper, 7.7 pounds of carbon dioxide is pumped into the environment — that’s 6.2 billion pounds of CO2 in one year.
  • 2000 pounds of virgin-pulp (non-recycled) paper costs 380 gallons of oil, 4000Kw of energy, 7000 gallons of water, and 17 trees.
  • 17 trees can absorb up to 250 lbs of harmful Co2 per year.
  • Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

Consider some of the environmental impact of using paper in your business:

• Cutting trees that release oxygen for our environment
• Energy usage and release of harmful gases in pulp and paper industry
• Fuel consumption by air, rail, and road transport distributing reams of paper
• Fuel consumption sending paper documents via ground & air courier services
• Manufacturing printers, ink and toner cartridges

Consider the following facts about the paper and ink industry:

• Paper consumption has tripled since 1960 and Americans generate 85 million tons of paper into the waste stream
• The U.S. pulp and paper industry is the 2nd largest consumer of energy
• EPA estimates that more than 400 million ink and 100 million toner cartridges end up in landfills each year
• The average U.S. officer worker prints 10,000 pages per year

Consider the environmental impact of just 10 million pages:

• 2,500 trees
• 56,000 gallons of oil
• 450 cubic yards of landfill space
• 595,000 KW (kilowatts) of energy

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