Paper is used daily for education, art, science experiments, and many other things. It is a necessity to many, and it is widely used to express emotions, thoughts, opinions, and the like. However, here are some things people overlook about paper!
- Americans discard 4 million tons of office paper every year, enough to build a 12 foot-high wall of paper from New York to California.
- The paper you recycle today may be the newspaper you read in just a few weeks …. and again … and again.
- The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
- About 324 liters water are used for producing 1 kg. of paper.
- The Sunday edition of New York Times uses around 75 000 trees.
- A French scientist got the idea of making paper from wood fiber while observing wasps build their nests.
- In 1997 the total world paper and paper board production was 299,044 metric tons. It would take about 200,000 Volkswagen Beetle cars to equal this weight.
- Making recycled paper instead of new paper uses 64 percent less energy and uses 58 percent less water.
- In the last 20 years, the combined usage of paper increased from 92 million tons to 208 million, which is a growth of 126%. The use of computers is not slowing the amount paper we use.
- More than 1/3 of all fiber used to make paper comes from recycled paper. Two parts out of three still come from trees!