10 Interesting Facts About Paper

If I’m being honest, which I am 10% of the time- haha just kidding! 90% of the time I’m honest with you. Anywhoo, like I said: if I’m being honest, I never thought working on something so focused on going paperless, or about paper would be so interesting. You think paper, you think office 9-5 boring job, not awesome cool blogger chick writing her heart away which the birds and butterflies keep her muse (this is the 10%).

Here I’ll share some really cool things I’ve learnt about paper while working on making you work without it.


  • Everyday in the US- papermakers recycle enough paper to fill a fifteen (15) mile long train of boxcars. That’s a whole lot. It give me hope that we can still fix this paper problem.


  • AF&PA member companies use of recovered fiber results in in avoided green house emissions of over 18.5 million metric tonnes of CO2. That’s simply amazing!


  • Paper is almost 2000 years old. That’s almost as old as Christianity itself!


  • Paper was invented by the Chinese about 105 A.D. and was kept a secret for quite a number of years.


  • The largest sheet of handmade paper was made by Masaki Takahashi and Kazuki Maeda in Toyama, Japan on 19th August 2009 (this is from the Guinness world records).


  • Origami, that is the art of paper folding was developed in the 17th century and became more popular in the rest of the world in the 1900s.


  • Every tonne of paper that gets recycled saves 20 trees, three cubic yeards of landfill space, 7000 gallons of water and produces 73% less air pollution than making paper from new materials. It also save enough energy to power the average home for 6 months


  • Not all paper is made from wood, some are made from scraps of cloth pieces, and the banknotes are made from cotton fibre (making them more durable than regular paper)


  • A paper bag takes twice the amount of energy to make than a plastic bag.


  • Almost half (42%) of global wood harvest becomes paper. Think… about just how many trees we could save if we all went paperless!


  • So there you have it. Some of the interesting things that I know about paper, and you should too.


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