1 roll of paper towels takes 1 cubic foot of wood
1 ton of paper uses 24 trees - a ton is 2000 pounds
1 ton of newsprint paper uses 12 trees
1 ton of magazine paper (coated and glossy) takes 15 trees
1 ton of 30% recycled paper saves 7.2 trees
1 ton of 50% recycled paper saves 12 trees
Here are some pretty easy solutions:
- Use every bit of a piece of paper: Back, front, sides, margins.
- Use mail that comes to you: envelopes, inserts, blank white spaces, for notes. Write a shopping list on the envelope, put coupons inside.
- Don't pick up 'free' papers such as advertising or newspapers. Look them over and put them back.
- Use a write on/wipe off board. If your notes are really important, take a picture before you wipe the board clean.
- If you get paper copies of bills, but pay them online or on your phone, keep the return envelops and use them. Swipe a black marker over any bar codes if you're going to send something in one of these.
- Use the back, blank, sides of business letters or any other correspondence for children's drawing paper.
- Re-use the back of paper to print coupons.
- Use colorful paper for wrapping gifts. Same with boxes.
- Use paper from your shredder for...well...shreds, when you give a gift.
- Use egg cartons for small treasures such as jewelry or hair doodads.
- Use paper for crafts: Origami, papier mache, collage
Last but not least: You can bring your unwanted books to Half Price Books and get cash!! Their stores are all over, check them out: http://b.hpb.com/068/