How Much Paper Comes From One Tree?

Many businesses are trying to achieve the goal of a paperless office.

While this effort is driven by the desire to reduce the clutter associated with paper documents, it’s also an opportunity to make choices that positively impact our environment. By embracing sustainable paper practices, we can help to save the number of trees from being felled, but just how much paper comes from one tree? And how many trees can we save by limiting our paper usage?

Can we accurately work out how much paper comes from one tree?

Paper manufacturing uses a mix of different tree types.

While the majority of paper is made from pine trees, often other trees are used to create the pulp that will then become a sheet of paper. As well as the different types of trees used, another consideration is the fact that trees will always vary in the size and shape. Some trees will be tall with thin trunks while others may be shorter and wider. Of course, trees will always vary depending on their age, environment and type of tree.

How much paper comes from one tree, on average?

It is estimated that a standard pine tree, with 45ft of the usable trunk and a diameter of eight inches, will produce around 10,000 sheets of paper. To consider this in another way, one ream of paper (which is 500 sheets) will use 5% of a tree.

Estimating the size and type of trees for paper creation is just the beginning. Other factors, such as paper quality and thickness, influence the amount of wood pulp required. Notably, the combination of recycled material within the pulp further refines the environmental impact.

In the last 40 years, paper usage has surged by 400%, resulting in the daily felling of over two million trees to meet global paper consumption needs.

Recycled Paper: The Green Alternative

Recycled paper is often referred to as the best option in relation to sustainability. Choosing recycled paper significantly reduces the demand for virgin pulp, which in turn helps conserve forests. In fact, it takes substantially less energy and water to produce recycled paper compared to virgin paper.

The Positive Influence of Sustainable Practices

To futureproof our environment and supply chain, organisations like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) play an important role. FSC ensures the sustainable management of forests, guaranteeing that every tree used is replaced. This commitment not only supports responsible paper production but also ensures the longevity of our forests for years to come.

By making greener choices today, businesses are not only contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future, but they are also actively participating in the preservation of our precious forests.


At Ribble we use 100% recyclable, environmentally sustainable packaging. Get in touch if you want more information on how your packaging can be more sustainable.

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