While total paper consumption in North America has declined, it still remains a major threat to our forests (1). To put this into perspective, here are 5 Fast Facts about paper:
40% of the world’s industrial logging goes into making paper, and this is expected to reach 50% in the near future (1).
77% of paper is recycled in the Netherlands (2)
67% of paper is recycled in Germany (2)
52% of paper is recycled in Japan (2)
45% of paper is recycled in the U.S. (2)
Agricultural papers (AgriPapers) have become an increasingly popular option. Wheat Sheet, for instance, saves one tree for every two boxes, which is virtually equivalent to 100% recycled at a fraction of the price (3)
In the United States, approximately 44% of unopened junk mail goes to landfills (1).
About one-third of our waste is paper and paperboard (4).
1. Sources: Forest Ethics, Environmental Paper Network
Retrieved from http://www.forestethics.org/paper-the-facts
2. Sources: iD2 Communications, Washington Post, Worldwatch Institute
3. Source: Social Print Paper
Retrieved from http://socialprint.com/wp-content/uploads/Social-Print-Life-Cycle-Assessment-of-Wheat-Sheet-Executive-Summary.pdf
4. Sources: Canada.com, Environment Canada
Retrieved from http://www.canada.com/northshorenews/features/livegreen/story.html?id=2283d1bd-8aec-48a1-9842-47b95abb83ff