Friday, October 19, 2012

The Amount of Paper in a Tree

We have been conditioned in our modern society to eliminate using a piece of paper whenever possible.

However, have you ever thought of just how much of paper comes out of a tree in the first place.  Does that one piece you save make a difference?

Well, here's the answer.  In your average pine tree (pine trees are used for paper production more than any other tree) that is 60 feet tall and 1 foot in diameter, you will get about 80,000 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch paper.  Now, that's a lot of paper.  However, even more surprising is in that tree we just cut down, we only used half the tree for paper production.  The rest of the tree is usually made up of knotted wood and internal damaged wood that can't be used for paper production.  So, potentially, in a perfect world, we could get 160,000 pieces of paper.  

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