I am just throwing this out there, because it personally bothers me. Don't get me wrong, i am one of those that likes zines in print... the ones i can touch and bring with me everywhere. i am not very fond having to read content on the computer--it is just less appealing for me; i dont enjoy it as much as i do when it is in print. BUT looking at the facts and figures below worry me. any ideas how we can enjoy zines and still help the planet?
Global use of paper has grown more than six-fold since 1950.
- One ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing/office paper uses 24 trees.
- One ton of paper = 400 reams = 200,000 sheets.
- So one tree makes only 16.67 reams of copy paper, being just 8,333 sheets of paper.
- Making paper uses more water per ton than any other product in the world.
- One ton of paper uses 2 barrels of oil, 28,000 litres of water and 4,100kw hours of electricity. Enough energy to power the average home for 5 months.
- One ton of paper requires the use of 98 tons of various resources and produces 2,278 lb of solid waste.
- In most western countries, paper accounts for up to 40 percent of all municipal solid waste.
- Pulp and paper is the 5th largest industrial consumer of energy in the world, using as much power to produce a ton of product as the iron and steel industry.
- One fifth of all wood harvested in the world ends up in paper.
Source: The Worldwatch Institute.