According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the average US office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. In 2010, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 334 pounds for each person living in the US, according to the American Forest & Paper Association.
That's a huge amount of paper! Even worse, much of it, perhaps most of it, is unnecessary.
It is easy to get started. The next time you decide to print something, save it as a file on your computer instead. I save hundreds of PDF files (print format) every year, rather than printing them. You can do the same. Make sure you also make frequent backups of those files. You can carry thousands of documents on a tiny flash drive. Try doing that with paper!
Paperless 2013 is a campaign to remove the need for paper from "paperwork." Throughout the year the Paperless Coalition will be promoting Paperless 2013 via an email newsletter and other activities. To get started, submit your email at www.paperless2013.org and take the pledge to go paperless this year.