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