Environmental effects of paper production

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Tons of paper produced

In the world, this year

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Tons of paper produced

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The environmental effects of paper production...
include deforestation, the use of enormous amounts of energy and water as well as air pollution and waste problems. Paper accounts for up to 40% of total waste in the US.

Top 5 facts about paper

1

We consume a lot of paper

We use more than 2 pieces of paper for everyone on Earth every single hour. Demand for paper is expected to double between 2005 and 2030.


2

Use of paper differs widely between countries

In the USA, Japan, and Europe an average person uses between 250 and 300 kilos of paper every year. In India the figure is 5 kilos, and in some countries it is less than 1 kilo. If everyone used 200 kilos there would be no trees left.


3

Paper production requires LOTS of water

It takes 10 liters of water to produce a single A4-sheet of paper. The pulp and paper industry is the single largest industrial consumer of water in Western countries.


4

Recycling works

Producing 1 kilo of paper requires 2-3 times its weight in trees. Paper can be recycled, yet 55 percent of the global paper supply comes from newly cut trees.


5

Recycling works

Each ton of recycled paper can avoid the use of 17 trees; 1,440 liters of oil; 2.3 cubic meters of landfill space; 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 26,500 liters of water.



Paper

We consume almost 560 million tons of paper products every year. This includes: Pulp for paper and paper & paperboard.


We consume a lot of paper

Use of paper differs widely between countries

Paper production requires LOTS of water

Recycling works

Recycling works

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