Cutting Costs with Green Ideas, Part 1

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 14:20

Depending on quality, paper cost ranges from ½ to 1 cent per sheet. Consider all the savings, both environmental and fiscal, that your organization could realize from defaulting all of your printers to two sided printing.

Real world examples have reduced paper utilization by as much as 30%. How much would that strategy save your company in 2011 paper costs? How many fewer trees would your printers use in a year?

Printing Facts

Here are some interesting facts about printing, paper consumption, and paper growth as cited on the GreenPrint Web site (

  • The average cost of a wasted page is 6 cents.
  • The average employee prints six wasted pages per day. That’s 1,410 wasted pages per year.
  • The average U.S. office worker prints 10,000 pages per year.
    In 2004, the United States used 8 million tons of office paper (3.2 billion reams). That’s the equivalent of 178 million trees.
  • The United States is the world’s largest producer and consumer of paper. Per capita, U.S. paper consumption is more than six times greater than the world average.
  • In the United States, enough office paper is used each year to build a 10-foot-high wall that’s 6,815 miles long. That’s more than the distance from New York to Tokyo.
  • 40% of the world’s industrial logging goes into making paper, and this is expected to reach 50% in the near future.
  • Global paper products consumption has tripled during the past three decades and is expected to grow by half again before 2010.
  • World demand for paper is growing faster than for other wood products. Worldwide paper consumption is predicted to double by 2020