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You are probably thinking that’s pretty insignificant, nothing interesting to say about that. Think again.

The University uses approximately **22 Million** pieces of new, plain white A4 paper a year!^{ }Let’s break it down.

There are 500 pieces of paper in a ream and there are 5 reams per box. That’s more than

**733 boxes** per month

**183 **boxes per week

**26 **boxes per day

Now, let’s break that down to the equivalent in trees.

An average pine tree is 25 m high and the average diameter is 30 cm = 1.7696 m3.

After removing all the knots and all the other useless bits, this leaves 50% of the tree.

The pulp produced = 520Kg

This means that **119,100** sheets are produced.

119,100 sheets is the equivalent of **238.2** reams or **47.64** boxes.

Or** 184 **trees per year

**15 **trees per month

**3.8** trees per week

**0.54 **of a tree per day.

So, still think the piece of paper is insignificant?

Next time you want to use a piece a paper, remember this box mountain, have a rethink, is there a better option?

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