In the USA in one year, 2 billion books are produced.
To get the paper for these books requires consuming 32 million trees.
We can estimate that one tree yields enough paper for 62.5 books.
(Of course, these numbers vary depending on which expert you choose to believe.)
How many trees are cut down for textbooks?
The number of trees cut down annually for the production of books sold in the U.S. is now estimated in 30 million trees, an increase of 10 million trees from the last estimate. Why is that and is the book industry going forward or backwards?
How many trees does it take to make a book?
To estimate, an average tree provides approximately 8,333 sheets of copy-type paper. Using this formula, one tree can provide 16.6 copies of a 1,000-page book. It is estimated that to publish all the printed books sold in the US annually requires 30 million trees.
What is the carbon footprint of a book?
The carbon footprint of a single book of the type examined in the brochure (weighing 500 g) is approximately 1.2 kg CO2e. The total greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production and use of one tonne of books amount to approximately 2,322 kg (CO2e).
Do Ebooks save trees?
Ebooks make up around 30 percent of all book sales. Ebooks save the energy consumed by book production, save trees from destruction, reduce the use of paper, eliminate packing materials and the energy associated with packaging and delivery, and reduce the energy and pollution needed to recycle or dispose of old books.