Reduce Global Paper Consumption

and Promote Fair Access to Paper

  • Encourage high utility, low volume paper use and find ways for people currently below the paper poverty line to share the benefits paper can bring.
  • Develop and promote creative and innovative systems, designs and technologies that reduce the consumption of fibre and maximise efficiency.
  • Proactively work with consumers to educate them to eliminate unnecessary paper consumption.
  • Explore alternatives to paper, but understand and avoid negative impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions, from plastic, digital, and other alternatives.

Relevant Reports

News and Resources Related to Reducing Consumption

Paper Saving Summit

If you get frustrated by junk mail, paper cups, disposable napkins, catalogues, packaging or pointless photocopying, you need to come to the Paper Saving Summit. On 31 May 2016, people will gather from around the world for a summit about paper saving at Wiston Lodge...

European EPN publishes a threat atlas for new pulp mill expansion

The European Environmental Paper Network has published a new report, Mapping Pulp Mill Expansion: Risks and Recommendations. The report offers a resource for investors and large volume paper buyers concerned about climate and deforestation risk and reflects a rising...

Is this Peak Paper?

A report published by the World Watch Institute's Vital Signs project, entitled Paper Production Levels Off, suggests that global paper consumption may have peaked. In 2011 it reached 400 million tonnes, but 2013 figures are slightly below that (397.6 million tonnes)....