World Rainforest Movement

Excessive Paper Consumption

In 2009, the average North American, even coping with the financial-economic crisis, still consumed five times more paper than the world average and 30 times more than an average African, while the average European consumed almost four times more paper than the world average. Most of this consumption is typically not for purposes like school or literary books but rather for wrapping paper and packaging, which already represents more than 50% of the global paper use and has increased steadily.

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  • Mountains of Paper, Mounting Injustice

    Posted on December 29, 2008

    Since its invention paper has been a vehicle for education and an essential tool for communicating our thoughts, ideas, dreams and beliefs. Paper is associated with images of education, access to written information and a better quality of...

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