Paper Waste is a Waste of Paper!

In spite of the advancements of software, offices still rely on paper and pen to review and make corrections to important documents. Documents end up getting printed out and shared with a multitude of people, just to be marked all over and re-printed. 

Here at Branchfire, we really care about the impact we make on the environment and we want to put our planet’s paper problem into perspective:

HOW much?!

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Image credit: Giphy

  • In the U.S., companies spend more than $120 billion per year on print, most of which is outdated in about three months
  • Print is usually the third highest expense behind payroll and rent

What Are We Doing to the Environment?

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Image credit: Giphy

  • Paper consumption has risen by 400% globally in the last 40 years
  • 35% of harvested trees are used to manufacture paper

  • Paper usage in the average business grows by 22% per year, meaning the amount of paper you use will double in 3.3 years

  • 18 million acres of forest are lost every year. That’s the same size as 20 football fields every single minute

How Bad is the U.S.?

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Image credit: Giphy

  • The average person at the end of 2010 consumed as much paper as 6 people in Asia or more than 30 in Africa
  • We use about 68 million trees every year

  • We have less than 5% of the world’s population, but consume more than 30% of the world’s paper

Raise your hand if you thought that the impact of paper was that bad. Nobody? Well, you aren’t alone. Because we have so many digital tools at our disposal, businesses often overlook the price that they, and ultimately the environment, are paying.

The ugly truth is that we still heavily rely on paper to review documents and share feedback with one another. That’s part of the reason we created iAnnotate.

So far, we’ve helped save over a billion pieces of paper! But, we've only made a tiny dent in global totals. We challenge you to think about the amount of paper that you use and take steps to reduce paper waste.

 

* Statistics are from thepaperlessproject.com and raymorgan.com