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Use Less Paper

Use Less Paper

Alarming Facts

  • Papermaking is one of the most environmentally-damaging industries. Papermaking involves the use of an enormous amount of water and hazardous chemicals such as chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and sulfuric acid
  • 26 million trees must be cut down to produce all the Sunday newspapers for 1 year!
  • Americans use more than 67 million tons of paper per year, or about 580 pounds per person.
  • Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle Mother Earth 20 times!
  • Approximately 1 billion trees’ worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S. even after a recycling rate of about 63%.
  • Over 6.5 million trees were cut down to make 16 billion disposable, one-time use paper cups used by US consumers only for coffee in 2006!

What Can We Do?

  • Use handkerchiefs and towels in place of paper towels
  • Read online newspapers
  • Use real cups and mugs
  • Print only when it is needed as a last resort

References

  • https://archive.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/materials/paper/web/html/faqs.html
  • https://www.usi.edu/recycle/paper-recycling-facts/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_paper