Paper Used In Australian Business

Paper was invented thousands of years ago. It’s an outdated technology for many of today’s business processes. Paper costs businesses time and money and it damages the planet.

Did You Know…We Use Staggering Amounts Of Paper Every Year?

  • In 2009 – 2010, Australia used 1.518 million tonnes of printing and writing paper.¹
  • In 2009 – 2010, 1.167 million tonnes of that paper was imported.¹ Transporting that paper generates greenhouse emissions.
  • The average Australian government employee uses 9,300 sheets of A4 paper.²
  • We use paper for letters, bills, forms, direct mail, leaflets, contracts, internal copying and many other business-related documents. Almost all of this could be done electronically.

Read some great tips on how to reduce your paper usage.


¹ The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) (2011)
² The Australian National Audit Office: ‘Green Office Procurement and Sustainable Office Management’ (2009)

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