10 Fun facts about paper


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

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.

It takes 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as a
newspaper again.

The average family uses 6 trees worth of paper each year.

A forest the size of Wales is needed to supply the paper used in the UK every year!

It is estimated that for every tonne of paper recycled saves enough energy to power a house in the UK for a whole year!

Paper produced from raw material uses far more energy and water than if we recycle our unwanted paper

Americans discard 4 million tons of office paper every year, enough to build a 12 foot-high wall of paper from New York to California

The first paper merchant in America was Benjamin Franklin, who helped to start 18 paper mills in Virginia and surrounding areas

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