Facts about Paper

Cost of paper.

  • The average office worker continues to use a staggering 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year.

  • 45% of the paper printed in offices ends up trashed by the end of the day – this daily lifespan occurs for over a trillion sheets of paper per year, worldwide.

  • In the U.S., companies spend more than $120 billion a year on printed forms, most of which outdate themselves within three months’ time.

  • A typical employee spends 30-40% of his time looking for information locked in email and filing cabinets – filing costs average about $20 per month.

  • The average document is copied 9 to 11 times and every 12 filing cabinets require an additional employee to maintain.

  • Each four-drawer file cabinet holds an average of 10,000 to 12,000 documents, takes up to 9 square feet of floor space and costs $1,500 per year Each misfiled document costs $125. Each lost document cost $350 to $700 – large organizations lose a document every 12 seconds.

  • More than 70% of today’s businesses would fail within three weeks if they suffered a catastrophic loss of paper-based records due to fire or flood.

  • Paper in the average business grows by 22% a year, meaning your paper will double in 3.3 years.

  • Everyday in the US- papermakers recycle enough paper to fill a fifteen (15) mile long train of boxcars. That’s a whole lot. It give me hope that we can still fix this paper problem.

Facts about paper.

  • AF&PA member companies use of recovered fiber results in in avoided green house emissions of over 18.5 million metric tonnes of CO2. That’s simply amazing!

  • Paper is almost 2000 years old. That’s almost as old as Christianity itself!

  • Paper was invented by the Chinese about 105 A.D. and was kept a secret for quite a number of years.

  • The largest sheet of handmade paper was made by Masaki Takahashi and Kazuki Maeda in Toyama, Japan on 19th August 2009 (this is from the Guinness world records).

  • Origami, that is the art of paper folding was developed in the 17th century and became more popular in the rest of the world in the 1900s.

  • Every tonne of paper that gets recycled saves 20 trees, three cubic yeards of landfill space, 7000 gallons of water and produces 73% less air pollution than making paper from new materials. It also save enough energy to power the average home for 6 months

  • Not all paper is made from wood, some are made from scraps of cloth pieces, and the banknotes are made from cotton fibre (making them more durable than regular paper)

  • A paper bag takes twice the amount of energy to make than a plastic bag.

  • Amost half (42%) of global wood harvest becomes paper. Think… about just how many trees we could save if we all went paperless!