Think Before You Print
According to the Clean Air Council, the average American uses 650 pounds of paper a year and collectively throws away enough office paper annually to build a 12-foot wall spanning from New York City to Los Angeles. As many as 24 trees are required to make one ton of paper. A total of 8,128 trees are cut down annually to produce paper for BU because the University consumes 338.65 tons of paper annually, enough to fill the width of Marsh Plaza 0.682 feet deep with paper.
U.S. businesses now use about 21 million tons of paper every year. That’s about 175 pounds of paper for each American. Nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down annually to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
But, by printing on both sides, and only printing what is really necessary, paper usage can be considerably reduced. In addition, using 1- ton of recycled paper saves 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill and 24 trees.