Stop the madness of wasteful paper consumption

Around the world we use around 1 million tonnes of paper every day, with half of the trees cut down commercially ending up in paper products. Yet much of this paper use is wasteful and unnecessary.

Much of our paper use is wasteful and unnecessary

Much of our paper use is wasteful and unnecessary

Paper is an extremely valuable product with many important uses for society.

But despite advances in digital technology we have become careless in our use of paper and too often take it for granted. Europeans and North Americans, only 10% of the world’s population, use half of the world’s paper products, 6 times the world average.

Expanding production and harvesting of pulp wood for paper threatens some of the last remaining natural forests, and the people and wildlife that depend on them. Paper production and consumption also create significant climate change emissions.

But there is a lot you can do as an individual to reduce your paper consumption. From taking simple actions such as printing double sided to buying recycled paper you can make a real difference. And not only will this help save the planet, but it will also save you money at the same time!

From WWF – International

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