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Copy Paper: Handy Facts

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  • Americans consume over 30 million tons of paper per year (PIAC, 2007). 

  • The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper per year (FNS, n.d.)

  • In 2004, federal offices used 109,000 tons of copier paper. By 2008 this amount was projected to increase by over 10% (FNS, n.d.)

  • Paper and pulp producers are the largest users of process water of all U.S. industry sectors (EPA, 2002)

  • The pulp and paper industry in the U.S. used nearly three quadrillion Btu of energy in 2007. That's 10% of all energy used by US manufacturing industries (EIA, 2007)

  • From energy use alone, the American paper and pulp industry is responsible for 102.3 million metric tons of CO2 per year – an amount equivalent to the carbon held in nearly 650,000 acres of forest preserved from deforestation, or over 21 million acres of pine or fir forests (EIA, 2007; EPA, 2008a). 

  • Of the 30 million tons of printing and writing paper consumed in 2007, just over 50% was recycled (PIAC, 2007)

  • There is no noticeable difference in the runnability of recycled paper versus virgin paper (Conservatree, 2003)

  • As of 2008, there were at least thirteen 100% PCW copy papers available (Conservatree).

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