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Paper Saved: 368,565,815
Trees Saved: 44228.07

You recycle. You carpool.

You do whatever you can as one person. But what if there was a way that you could save your company time and money, while avoiding a ginormous carbon footprint? That’s where going paperless comes in.

Tree Stats:
  • Every tree that reaches maturity is able to release enough oxygen into the atmosphere to support two human beings. 1
  • If every family in the United States planted one tree, it would reduce the amount of CO2 in the air by one billion pounds per year, which is equal to approximately 5% of the CO2 that humans add to the atmosphere annually.2
  • According to the USDA Forest Service, over a 50-year life span, one tree will release $31,250 worth of oxygen into the air, while at the same time providing $62,000 worth of air pollution control, $37,500 in water recycling, and $31,250 in soil erosion control.2

Sure, paper is great for some things—you can’t wipe your mouth on your sleeve forever. Grab a recycled-paper napkin and check out the paper stats on this page. We’re using this stuff at alarming rates, and more paper usage means fewer trees, more waste, higher emissions and greater energy consumption. On the other hand, going truly paperless isn't easy.

Only the best, most superior solution can coax the most paper-happy employees to join the revolution.

Step away from the printer and choose PowerDMS™. Contact us today to find out more!

Why go paperless?

  • 95% of the old growth forests in the United States have been lost, and the world loses 4,281 acres of rainforest every hour. 3 4
  • There are 400 reams (500 sheets each) in one ton of paper. Since one ream uses 6% of a tree, that means it takes 24 trees to produce one ton of paper. 5
  • The average employee prints 10,000 pages per year.6
  • The equivalent of 178 million trees were used as paper in the United States in 2004. The country's annual paper usage could form a 10-foot-high wall stretching farther than the distance from New York to Tokyo (6,815 miles). 7 8
  • Producing one ton of copy paper releases 5,690 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That's the equivalent of six months of automobile exhaust fumes. 9
  • As paper decomposes in landfills, it produces methane gas, which has approximately 20 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide. 10
  1. “Benefits of Trees.” Epsom & Ewell Borough Council 2004
  2. USDA Forest Service Pamphlet #R1-92-100
  3. Abromovitz & Mattoon, "Paper Cuts: Recovering the Paper Landscape." Washington, DC: Worldwatch Institute 1999, p21
  4. “Earth Day Reality Checks & How You Can Do Your Part,” University of Oklahoma Environmental Health and Safety Office Saf.T.Gram. 14.1, Spring 2007: P1.
  6. Cefola, Jackie; Gold, Iris; Martiny, Larry; Mendelowitz, Jessica; Murray, Tom; Salerno, Tony. The Citigroup-Environmental Defense Partnership to Improve Office Paper Managment
  7. Paulson, Raymond. "Green Procurement Requirements and the Use of 100% Post Consumer Fiber Paper." Organization: NADEP North Island; Environmental Program Office, 2005
  8. “Recycling Facts and Figures,” Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. PUBL CE-163, 2002
  9. Environmental Defense Paper Calculator
  10. Svoboda, Elizabeth. “Global Warming Feedback Loop Caused by Methane, Scientists Say.” National Geographic News, 29 August 2006
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