Paper Facts


The Chinese invented paper from hemp around 100 B.C., They later began to use tree bark, bamboo, and other plant fibers to create paper.

The English word "paper" from the Egyptian word " papyrus".

An average of 300 million tons of paper is produced each year.

42% of all global wood harvest is used to make paper. Deforestation is one of the main environmental problems we're facing in these times. About 68 million trees are cut down each year to produce paper and paper products.

324 liters of water is used to make 1 kilogram of paper. 10 liters of water is needed to make one piece of A4 paper.

The Cost

The main costs of paper documentation fall into copying, delivery, handling, storage, and retrieval of that paper, with copying costs at 33% and distribution costs at 56%, according to the Alameda study. Other studies show that for every dollar spent on printing documents, companies incur another $6 in handling and distribution of the paper.

Industry research firm Gartner, Inc., estimates that as much as 3% of a company's revenue is spent on paper, printing, filing, storing and maintaining files of information.

Digital Document Management Systems can save 1.3 trillion pounds of paper.

Resource Information Systems Inc. (RISI) estimates that U.S. companies will spend about $8 billion per year on managing paper

The real clincher is studies showing that over 45% of the files in those cabinets are duplicated information, and 80% is never accessed again.


85% million of paper waste created each year.

50% of the waste of businesses is composed of paper.

Paper accounts for 26% of waste in the landfill and 33 % of municipal waste.

American businesses use enough paper every day to circle the globe 20 times.

Between 2% and 5% of an organization's files are lost or misfiled on any given day. Companies on average spend $120 in labor to find one misfiled document. 1 out of every 20 documents is lost. Approximately 25 hours are spent recreating each lost document.


Using less paper also helps ensure we use only our fair share of the earth's resources.

Using less paper, can reduce the impact on forests, cut energy use and climate change emissions, limit water, air and other pollution and produce less waste.

Lessening of paper usage was predicted due to the electronic revolution. It didn't happen. Demand for paper is expected to double before 2030.

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