Today marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, a day for us to honor the environment and try and find ways to preserve our natural resources.
In honor of Earth Day and its upcoming sister holiday, Arbor Day, we want you to take a moment to think about paper consumption.
PAPER CONSUMPTION FACTS
- Nearly 4 billion trees are cut down each year to make paper products
- The average US office worker consumes ~10,000 sheets of paper each year
- The typical lawyer uses between 20,000 and 100,000 sheets of paper a yea
Given the fact that the legal industry is built on drafts and briefs and contracts, it’s not surprising that law firms would have such a high rate of paper usage. While there remain a few types of legal contracts that still require a physical piece of paper, there are many simple contracts that can be executed within the digital space.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Before you hit “Print”, consider whether or not you really need a physical copy
- Plant a Tree
- Donate to the Arbor Day Foundation
- Purchase Carbon Offset Credits
- Consider using paper saving apps
- If you are a lawyer, join the American Bar Associations Law Office Climate Challenge
Happy Earth Week!
(Stats Sources: Arnold & Porter; EPA)