GreenYour Waste and Recycling
Reduce paper use
As a nation, the US went through more than 85 million tons of paper and paper products in 2006. Corporate America accounts for a grande portion of this number with the average office worker using 10,000 sheets of copy paper annually. It’s no surprise, therefore that paper makes up 90 percent of all office waste by weight.
Worldwide forest ecosystems are critical to maintaining life on earth. They filter the air, stabilize climate by absorbing CO2, and provide habitat for 90 percent of all land-dwelling plants and animals. The most effective way for offices to protect forests is to reduce overall paper consumption. This can be done in various ways, including simply reducing page margins—using 3/4 inch margins on all sides of a piece of paper saves 19 reams of paper (or 1.14 trees) on a ton of paper. If everyone in the US used these margins more than 6 million trees annually would be saved.
Additional paper reduction options include:
- US Environmental Protection Agency - Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2006
- Cutting Paper - What is this website about?
- City of Fort Collins - Office Waste
- Natural Resources Defense Council - Good Wood: How Forest Certification Helps the Environment
- Change the Margins - Stats: How Much Will I Really Save?