Shaping a healthier world one piece at a timeMay 15, 2013
Shaping a healthier world one piece at a time. . .
Recycling has been around for a while. Most of us are keenly aware of the benefits of it or at least feel we are doing something good for the Earth when we do recycle. Plastic, paper, glass, and cans it’s all making a huge impact on our planet. Implementing recycling programs at home or office is a great start to helping your environment. Getting kids involved helps teach them the responsibility of taking care of our natural resources and not to be wasteful. Being in the Paper industry we quite often hear of companies or homes being or going paperless and we applaud those who are making strides to become paperless! A paperless office has been talked about for many years but the facts show we are still using over 80 millions tons of paper products per year in the United States. This number has continued to grow even with the huge developments in technology we are still using paper. Out of that 80 million tons of paper used less than a 1/3 of that comes from recycled paper. As you can see there is room for improvement!
There are two sides to our business the security of shredding sensitive documents to protect yourself and the recycling side of using the paper to make other paper products and help protect our environment. The use of paper products is not going away. So what can we do to ensure we are being responsible about how our paper is disposed of? Recycle your paper! Shredded paper is most often thrown in the trash. It’s great to shred it to protect yourself, but then it just goes off to a landfill if it is not recycled properly. If you recycle your household paper including junk mail, bills, newspapers you could that would be almost 2 ½ tons of paper. That would save 25 trees, 570 gallons of oil, 4.5 cubic yards of landfill space, 6000 kilowatts of energy, over 10000 gallons of water – talk about making a difference by one piece at a time! Using recycled paper is more cost effective than using new pulp to make paper on every level.
Most of us do recycle and continue to make an effort to do so, but are we really doing all we can to make a difference?
To learn more about how you can make a difference contact us. We’d be glad to help you or your business establish a paper-recycling program.
Here are some paper recycling fact:
By recycling your paper, and using recycled paper, waste would be cut by 50%.
Making recycled paper products uses 30-55% less energy than making paper products from timber.
One tree is saved for every 150 pounds of paper recycled.
Americans recycled 24 million tons of paper a year – Great Job! But there is more than 50 million tons being wasted.
A household that recycles its daily newspaper, five trees are saved every year.
More than 50% of the printing and writing paper made today still uses virgin timber.
Over 80 million tons of paper is used by Americans and less than 1/3 comes from recycled sources.
To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
If all our newspaper were recycled about 250,000,000 trees would be saved each year!
The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
Approximately one billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.
The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
U.S. paper recovery saves more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!
The 17 trees saved (above) can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Facts were gathered from various sources including:
US Energy Information Administration