Currently only around 25% of paper is made from recycled paper, and 75% is made from wood pulp, if we can reducing the 75% this would save millions of carbon capturing trees from being destroyed and then reduce the use of fossil fuels.
How many A4 papers can one tree make?
How much paper comes from one tree, on average? It is estimated that a standard pine tree, with 45ft of the usable trunk and a diameter of eight inches, will produce around 10,000 sheets of paper. To consider this in another way –
For every leaver arch file scanned you can save around 5% of a 45ft tree.
For every bankers box you have scanned you can save 25% of a 45ft tree
For every filing cabinet you have scanned you save one and a half 45ft tree.
The manufacture of recycled paper uses only half the amount of energy and water used in making virgin paper. New paper is often white, not because this is paper’s natural colour but because it is bleached. The bleach used in making white pulp can cause appalling water pollution. Toxic wastes such as dioxin are amongst the other wastes discharged from pulp mills.
14% of deforestation is done to satisfy our huge appetite for paper goods, which is around 4.1 million hectares per year, the size of The Netherlands
Deforestation is the process of removing trees from an area and turning the area into a place of non-forest use, such as farms or urban settlements. Much of the world’s deforestation happens in tropical rainforests, which contain ecosystems that are key to our survival.
Why scan and Recycle?
Every ton of recycled paper, you can save 17 trees
Recycling a piece of paper reduces pollution by 95% compared to making new paper from trees.
The high-grade paper (office Paper) is the most wasted type of paper
Office paper can be repurposed as paper towels or brown paper products.
40% of landfill waste is paper
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