40% of the 30 million hectares of forest that is cut down every year is used for the production of paper, an expanse the size of 6 million football pitches. Paper production also uses a lot of water (up to 10 litres for every A4 sheet) and discards millions of litres of chemicals every year. The industry is already becoming more efficient but it still accounts for 1% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. There is the potential to reduce deforestation, water consumption, chemical pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by using less paper and recycling more.
Save your scrap paper and use it for note-taking, list-writing or crafts.
Recycle all the paper you use to keep it out of landfill.
Buy from recycled sources or FSC certified sources (look for this symbol).