Did you know the average office worker uses around 10,000 sheets of paper every year...?
If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. The bottom line is that the average worker uses far too much paper. To put it in perspective, here are some facts to consider:
- 4 billion trees are cut down each year to make paper
- 16% of landfill solid waste is comprised of paper
- In one year, the average person will consume 800 million pounds of paper
- It requires three gallons of water to create a single piece of paper
- Forty-two percent of the world’s wood is harvested for paper
- Producing a ton of paper generates 5,601 pounds of greenhouse gases; producing the same recycled paper products 3,533 pound
If you’re having a hard time imagining just how much paper that really is, imagine 5.5 million printed copies of the Hunger Games Trilogy. In terms of trees, you would have to cut down every tree in New York City’s Central Park, or enough trees to build a city with 25,000 houses.