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Did you know?

(source: reduce.org)

  • The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year.  
  • The United States alone, which has less than 5% of the world's population, consumes 30% of the world's paper.
  • Over 40% of wood pulp goes toward the production of paper.
  • Printing and writing paper equals about one-half of U.S. paper production.
  • The costs of using paper in the office can run 13 to 31 times the cost of purchasing the paper in the first place!
  • It takes more than 1½ cups of water to make one sheet of paper. (Picture a typical soda can.)
  • Reducing paper use reduces greenhouse gases: 40 reams of paper is like 1.5 acres of pine forest absorbing carbon for a year.
  • Even with recycling efforts, paper makes up over 25% of Minnesota's garbage—we're throwing away a lot of resources!

 

What can you do?

Saving paper saves money For each sheet of paper used, a company incurs not only purchasing costs, but also storage, copying, printing, postage, disposal, and recycling—and it adds up. So, that ream of paper that you paid $5 for really could cost up to $155!
Saving paper reduces our impact Creating paper from trees requires a lot of natural resources: trees, water, and energy.
 
Saving paper increases efficiency Electronic forms can now make that job easier and more efficient. Businesses that have converted to electronic forms and filing systems have found that it takes less time to both find and process information.