I highly reccomend everyone take a look at how much paper their offices use up every year.
The numbers are staggering.
Furthermore, think about how many trees are used up each year to make this paper.
In 2001 the US timber industry harvested 46.6 billion board-feet (one board foot is 12″ x 12″ x 1″, or 144″ cubic inches), which is equivalent to 110 million m^3. At a density of 520 kg/m^3 (for douglas fir) this amounts to an annual harvest of 57.2 million metric tons. Globally 42% of industrial wood harvest devoted to paper production. If this statistic holds true for the US timber industry (does it really matter in a global market?) we are harvesting 24 million metric tons of trees for paper production each year. According to one estimate, the average tree weighs 680 kg, or 0.68 tons. So this means that an estimated 16.32 million trees are harvested for paper production in the US each year.
Think about that for a second. Almost half of the tree’s destroyed each year are used for paper production. Imagine if those trees were given a chance to live.
With this whole green craze going through, I’m surprised that no one is really trying to cut back on their paper consumption.