Since this will be my last month blogging for EMA, I want to spend it reiterating the importance not only paper plays in our daily lives, but the positive impact the paper industry has on our economy as well.
So I thought I’d share 10 fun and interesting facts about paper and the paper industry that you may not know.
- Every day, U.S. paper makers recycle enough paper to fill a 15 mile long train of boxcars (AF&PA).
- Benjamin Franklin was the first paper merchant in America. He helped start 18 paper mills in Virginia and nearby areas (AF&PA).
- Cotton and linen rags used to be the raw materials papermaker’s used (AF&PA).
- “During the American Revolution, paper was so hard to find that soldiers ripped pages from books to use them as wadding for their rifles” (AF&PA).
- “In 2010, 77 percent of paper and paperboard mills used some recovered paper and 115 mills used only recovered paper” (AF&PA)
- Recycling and recovering one ton of paper saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space (AF&PA).
- “In 2010, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 334 pounds for each man, woman and child in the United States” (AF&PA).
- The Chinese invented paper around 105 A.D. and kept it a secret for many years (AF&PA).
- In 2011, paper recovery increased by 1.2 million tons to 66.8 percent, up from 63.5 percent in 2010 and 33.5 percent in 1990. From 1990-2011, recovery of paper and paperboard has increased a total of 81 percent (PaperRecycles.org).
- “The U.S. paper and forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of U.S. manufacturing gross domestic product (GDP); is among the top 10 manufacturing employers in 48 states; and employs nearly 900,000 people earning $50 billion annually” (TwoSides).
Share your thoughts.
- American Forest & Paper Association Community Paper Recycling Award (paperviews.org)
- Going Green & Recycling Paper With Worms (paperviews.org)
- The Other, More Green Side of the Paper Industry (paperviews.org)