Consider these facts:
- If you're like the average worker in the U.S., you print about 10,000 pages a year (adding up to an $80 cost per employee per year). Of that, an estimated 1,410 pages are wasted.
- Office paper is highly recyclable, but a lot gets wasted. Waste reduction is more cost-effective than recycling because it reduces the amount of material that needs to be collected, transported and processed.
- You, together with every other employee in the U.S., use up 8 million tons (7 million metric tons) of office paper each year, or the equivalent of 178 million trees. Less than half of that is recycled.
- The average American uses about the equivalent of one 100-foot-tall Douglas fir tree in paper and wood products each year.
- To produce just 1 ton (0.9 metric tons) of office paper requires the same amount of energy it takes to power the average home for 10 months.
- More than 350 million ink cartridges are discarded in landfills each year. Each cartridge can take up to 450 years to decompose.
[Sources: EPA, Clean Air Council, Reuters, UC Davis, PaperCut, Reduce.org, Mashable]