Paper waste is real. What can you do to fix the problem?

Are electronic devices replacing the paper we use? 

Unfortunately, not yet. I have always been in favor of replacing paper with technology to prevent mankind from destroying the Earth, but it’ll take a long time before the transition happens. 

The other day, I went to a big school supplies store to buy notebooks here in São Paulo. When I got into the store, I faced a gigantic mountain of notepads, and almost instantaneously my mind imagined that all that piled paper could have been a beautiful garden full of trees, flowers and animals, just like a landscape from Alice in Wonderland. 

So after researching about paper waste, I found out some atrocious facts that most people are not aware of: 

  • Offices in the US use approximately 12,000,000,000,000 sheets of paper a year.
  • 50% of the waste from businesses is composed of paper.
  • As your read this post, almost 200 tons of paper are being produced.
  • 324 liters of water is required to produce 1kg of paper.
  • 93% of the world’s paper comes from trees.
  • To print a Sunday edition of the New York Times requires 75,000 trees. 
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves around 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 liters of water, and 17 trees.
  • An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost each year, equaling a loss of 20 football fields every minute.

But wait, the fight is not over. There are many things we can still do to reduce the impact of paper production in the world. The past is in the past, but we can always change the future, and every single one of us can make a difference. Many companies (including ours!) have already started modifying their processes to reduce paper waste, and so should do every single one of us individually. 

What can you do to reduce paper pollution and waste? 

  • Recycle your paper trash.
  • Reuse paper. If you usually use only one side, for example, collect them and make a notebook using the other side. 
  • Buy recycled paper and eco-friendly products.
  • Buy products with the least paper packaging in order to encourage businesses to follow environment friendly practices.
  • Take advantage of the latest technologies like tablets, computers and smart phones to keep your files and notes. 

Paper production is one of the biggest threats to the environment, and unfortunately, it’s helping to destroy the earth. I personally think that preserving the nature is our duty, just like it is to keep our houses organized and clean. It is not too late for us to make the difference and change the world! 

 

-Gabriel C, Office Manager, LogicPrep São Paulo

 

At LogicPrep, we go through a lot of paper and paper products each day. From printer paper to paper towels and toilet paper, all of our products are recycled. We use water-based cleaners for our polished concrete floors, countertops, and tables so that we don’t consume unnecessary chemicals. In addition, our long lasting and efficient LED lightbulbs last up to 10 times as long as standard light bulbs, and use electricity far more efficiently. We strive be thoughtful about our energy and resource consumption so that we can minimize our impact on the environment and set an example for our students to do the same. Together, the LogicPrep family of students and instructors can help to impact how the educational world consumes resources.