Monday, March 23, 2015

Cost of paper

Estimating the cost of paper can be challenging. In a recent blog post, Adobe provided some indication of costs.

Adobe estimates that Adobe Reader was opened over 4 billion times in 2014. The environmental cost of printing those documents would be:

  • 2 billion pounds of paper
  • 17 million trees
  • 11.4 billion gallons of water
  • enough energy to power a city the size of Cambridge England for one year

Adobe extends this analysis to users of Adobe e-sign services to estimate that it has saved:

  • 89 million gallons of water
  • 31 million pounds of wood
  • 132,000 trees
  • $42 million in paper and printing costs
  • 8000 tons of paper
Its GreenMeter lets organizations run these calculations for themselves.


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