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The Facts on Paper

Facts on paper use in Canada & worldwide that have prompted us to go paperless on Earth Day

Jaki Braidwood

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of The Facts on Paper

Approximately 324 litres of water is used to produce 1kg of paper North America accounts for 1/3 of the world's paper consumption Average worldwide paper consumption is 48kg per person Recycling 54kg of newspaper will save one tree Canada uses 6 million tonnes of paper and paperboard annually Only 1/4 of this waste is recycled The average daily Internet user prints 28 pages daily That's only 25% 115 billion sheets of paper are used annually for personal computers 10,000 trees are cut down annually in China to make holiday cards 77% of paper is recycled in the Netherlands 67% in Germany 52% in Japan 45% in the USA Paper manufacturing is the 3rd largest user of fossil fuels worldwide Every tonne of recycled paper saves 17 trees It takes 75 000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York times Every tree provides enough oxygen for 3 people to breathe recycled paper requires 64% less energy to produce than making the original paper Recycling 1/2 the world's paper would free
20 million acres of forestland Asia has surpassed Western Europe in paper consumption Soon they will surpass the US when paper rots or is composted it emits methane gas methane gas is 25 times more toxic than CO2 The USA exports more waste paper than any other country Why go paperless? 25% in Canada How could we not?
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