London: Global paper
consumption since 1980 has gone up by almost half, although
communication today is mostly by email and text, online statements
and by fax, a media report said Thursday.
The worst offenders are the Belgians, with the equivalent of 8.51
40-foot trees worth of paper being consumed by each member of the
population per year, Daily Mail quoted The Economist magazine as
The magazine points out, however, that Belgium's position at the
top of the tree-consumption countries is partly due to the EU
headquarters being there, which prints vast amounts of paperwork
in countless languages.
The No.2 spot is taken by Finland, which apparently does convert a
lot of its paper into domestic packaging, thereby distorting its
The top next three worst offenders are Germany, Japan and Sweden -
despite all three having technology-driven economies. The rest of
the top 10 is made up of the US, Denmark, Switzerland,
Netherlands, South Korea and Canada. Britain comes in at No 11.
Next in the chart comes France, Spain, Portugla, Ireland and
China, which only uses 1.81 trees per person. Azerbaijan is the
most tree-friendly nation, with only 0.16 trees per person being
used each year.