The answer to this question is dependent on a lot of different factors. The best answer we can come up with is no better than a ballpark estimate. But perhaps the best estimation on this matter was provided by Conservatree. “Many people have heard the statistic that “a ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees.” The “17 trees” number was popularized by Conservatree when it was a paper distributor, based on a report to Congress in the 1970s. It was calculated for newsprint, which is made in a totally different papermaking process from office and printing papers. But it was the best number anyone had, so it became the number everyone used to calculate number of trees saved by recycled paper, or number of trees cut to make virgin paper, no matter what type of paper they were talking about.”
1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees, 1 ton of 100% virgin (non-recycled) newsprint uses 12 trees, 1 ton (40 cartons) of 30% postconsumer content copier paper saves 7.2 trees, and 1 ton of 50% postconsumer content copier paper saves 12 trees.
To calculate how many trees are saved by using recycled paper, we can use this formula: (1) Multiply the number of trees needed to make a ton of the kind of paper you’re talking about (groundwood or freesheet), then
2) multiply by the percent recycled content in the paper.
(For example, 1 ton (40 cartons) of 30% postconsumer content copier paper saves 7.2 trees, while 1 ton of 50% postconsumer content copier paper saves 12 trees.)
We can save over 8 million a year!
I don’t know how can you say so many trees will be required to make one ton of paper unless until you specify the size, and type of three.
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