Is Paper Wasteful?

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Is Paper Wasteful?

One of the most pervasive myths in the printing industry revolves around the sustainability of paper as a resource. Its uses extend far beyond the office. Many people see paper as a huge source of waste that drains the planet’s natural resources. While global deforestation remains an important issue, great progress has been made domestically to increase the renewability of paper.


Since the 1960s, the net total forest area in the United States has actually increased by 3%. In 2017, though just 10% of the world’s forests were certified as sustainable, the majority of those were in North America. Many American print companies will now only buy paper that comes from sustainable sources. In addition, 65% of the energy used by these facilities comes from renewable biomass. Paper is also the most recycled material in the United States. In 2019, Americans recycled 66.2% of paper, more than glass and metals combined.

Reducing Usage

Of course, there are many ways to reduce your daily paper usage. Converting your documents to digital files is the most obvious way. This frees up physical space and makes searching through old files easier. It also makes sharing files with co-workers and customers simple. For example, with Kyocera’s PinPoint Scan application, you can easily create and manage common scan locations such as cloud storage or a shared network folder.


We care about the environmental impact of our industry. That is why we partner with Kyocera Document Solutions. In 2020, they earned the #46 spot on the Wall Street Journal’s list of most sustainably managed companies. How did they do it? First they eliminated Styrofoam from their packaging. They also developed better quality parts. For example, their toner requires less heat to activate, saving on power costs. Their drum units are rated for 4.8 million pages, double the number of other brands.

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