Environmental Leader International Paper has added a new brochure to its Down to Earth environmental series, “Pixels vs. Paper: Are pixels greener than paper?” which takes the stance that paper is friendlier to the environment than electronic devices. Some of IP’s key findings in the comparison between paper and computers include:
- The amount of electricity to run a computer for only five months could produce enough paper for the average person to use for an entire year.
- Twenty percent less CO2 is used per year by a person reading a daily printed newspaper versus a person reading web-based news for 30 minutes a day.
- Paper is biodegradable and nearly 60 percent of all paper in the U.S. is recycled.
- Only 18 percent of all electronic devices are currently recycled and e-waste constitutes the single largest waste export in the U.S.
- Paper comes from a renewable and sustainable source — trees, while electronic devices are typically made of plastics and other non-renewable resources and chemicals and metals. IP says every day the paper and forest products industry plants more than three times the number of trees than are harvested.