65,395,000,000 sheets of paper are used in the US every day. This much paper requires the use of almost 815,000 pines trees; enough trees to build 25,000 houses EVERY SINGLE DAY.

If these numbers seem alarming to you (they should!), don’t wait any longer and be part of the change. Besides not printing your emails, you can also subscribe for electronic billing, electronic bank statements, and electronic catalogues. Also, Stick a note on your mailbox saying you don’t want the weekly flyers and the free newspaper — you can get all of that online just as easily.

Going paperless does not only save trees, it reduces the energy usage and the release of harmful gases in pulp and paper industry, the fuel consumption needed to send documents, and the number of ink and toner cartridges that end up in landfills each year.

You know what you have to do.

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