The Surprising Cost of Paper

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In 2014, we're still using a surprising amount of paper. This doesn't just affect the environment, but also your bottom line.

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The Surprising Cost of Paper

  1. 1. VISUALIZING PAPER USAGE 10,000 Sheets of paper used a year by the average office worker. 334 POUNDS of paper is recovered for recycling from each person living in the United States. HOW MUCH PAPER IS ACTUALLY BEING PRODUCED? 92 208 MiLlion Million 200 126% In 1997, the total weight of world paper and paperboard production was equivalent to 200,000 Volkswagen Beetles. Increase in paper production over the last 20 years. 100 Computer usage is not decreasing the amount of paper we use. United States and Canada Is the world’s largest producers of paper and paper products. Finland, Japan and Sweden are the next largest producers. 0 tons of paper HOW MUCH WOULD 120,000 POUNDS OF PAPER SAVE? 1,000 Trees OIL 22,800 Gallons of Oil 420,000 2,400,000 Gallons of Water Kilowatts of Energy PAPER: THE PRICE YOU PAY Each filing cabinet costs $1,500 per year. Every 12 cabinets require an additional employee to maintain and operate. -$20 -$125 -$350 Average cost to file a document. per misfiled document. (minimum up to $700) for each lost document. 40% Percentage of time lost searching for files by a typical employee. 70% Percentage of today’s business that would fail within 3 weeks due to a fire or flash flood. 18 mins 12 secs Average time it takes to find a document. Every 12 seconds a document is lost by a large organization in the U.S. Soon there will be 4 TRILLION documents stored by government and business agencies. Source: http://www.thepaperlessproject.com/what-are-the-facts-about-paper/

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