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The eco-friendly reason to move into Digital Print....

Global use of paper has grown more than six-fold since 1950.

  • One ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing/office paper uses 24 trees.
  • One ton of paper = 400 reams = 200,000 sheets.
  • So one tree makes only 16.67 reams of copy paper, being just 8,333 sheets of paper.
  • Making paper uses more water per ton than any other product in the world.
  • One ton of paper uses 2 barrels of oil, 28,000 litres of water and 4,100kw hours of electricity. Enough energy to power the average home for 5 months.
  • One ton of paper requires the use of 98 tons of various resources and produces 2,278 lb of solid waste.
  • In most western countries, paper accounts for up to 40 percent of all municipal solid waste.
  • Pulp and paper is the 5th largest industrial consumer of energy in the world, using as much power to produce a ton of product as the iron and steel industry.
  • One fifth of all wood harvested in the world ends up in paper.
Source: The Worldwatch Institute.

The Cost of Paper

“The World wastes 400 million tons of paper every year. Enough to cover all the Netherlands every five minutes”.

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