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Paperless office? Paper waste statistics for the average UK office

Below are some shocking statistics highlighting that even with a little effort, any company could save money, resource and increase efficiencies:

  • The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. That's 20 reams of paper (500 sheets per ream) or 4 boxes of paper in total with an estimated cost of £10 per box.
  • 6,800 of the 10,000 sheets used are wasted.
  • Reasons for the high wastage include printing emails unnecessarily, failing to use the duplex function, printing duplicates and forgetting about documents left on the printer.
  • Global consumption of paper has increased by almost half since 1980.
  • Every person in the UK consumes the equivalent of 4.48 trees per year.
  • 40% of people describe themselves as "paper people". They like to have the paper in their hands rather than looking at a screen.
  • 77% of those asked in a survey conducted by Loudhouse said their print volumes had increased or stayed the same in the past twelve months.
  • 76% of respondents admitted to printing non-work related documents every day.
  • The United States alone, which has less than 5% of the world's population, consumes 30% of the world's paper.
  • Over 40% of wood pulp goes toward the production of paper.
  • Printing and writing paper equals about one-half of U.S. paper production.
  • The costs of using paper in the office can run 13 to 31 times the cost of purchasing the paper in the first place!
  • Citigroup, a large financial services company, determined that if each employee used double-sided copying to conserve just one sheet of paper each week, the firm would save $700,000 each year.
  • Bank of America cut its paper consumption by 25% in two years by increasing the use of online forms and reports, e-mail, double-sided copying, and lighter-weight paper.


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