4.4 Recycling paper saves resources

Forests are destroyed to produce paper products. The world consumes five times more paper now than in the 1950s. The US offices' paper usage increased from 0.85 to 1.4 trillion sheets (about 4.2 to 7 million tons) between 1981 and 1984, as early desktop computers and laser printers were being introduced. Other countries underwent the same changes. From 1970 to 1990, paper production rose 4 per cent a year in Japan and 8 per cent in Southeast Asia, compared with 2.5 per cent in the US.

Source: Natural Capitalism