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You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for interesting paper facts! To keep you informed and inspired, we’ve created a list of obscure and remarkable paper facts. Continue reading as we highlight the weirdest, coolest, and most fascinating paper facts!

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1. Around 100 BCE, the Chinese invented paper from hemp. Later on, they experimented with other plant fibers like bamboo & tree bark to create paper. Papyrus was used as a writing surface prior to the invention of paper.

2. Did you know that recycling one ton of paper saves twenty trees, 60 pounds of air pollutants,7000 gallons or 26497 liters of water, 3 cubic yards or 2.3 cubic meters of landfill space, and enough energy to power a typical home for six months?

3. Deforestation generates more greenhouse gas emissions than global transportation.

4. Paper manufacturing is the third most energy-intensive manufacturing sector, accounting for more than 12% of total industrial energy consumption.

5. Each year, American households receive a total of 104.7 billion pieces of junk mail, or an average of 848 pieces per household, equating to 6.5 million metric tons of paper.

6. Paper manufacturing is the third most energy-intensive manufacturing sector, accounting for more than 12% of total industrial energy consumption.

7. A ton of recycled paper enables the preservation of about 0.4 hectares of forest.

8. Making paper from wastepaper conserves approximately 85% of the water used in conventional paper production and reduces water pollution by 92%.

9. Each year, an average office worker consumes approximately 10,000 sheets of photocopy paper, according to Xerox.

10. A typical three-drawer filing cabinet, which occupies approximately 4 square feet of office space, can hold approximately 9,000 sheets of paper.

11. The paper and pulp sector are the 4th largest producer of greenhouse gases within the manufacturing sector.

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12. The English word “paper” is derived from the Egyptian word “papyrus.”

13. The largest sheet of handmade paper was created on 7 August 2015 in Ypacara, Paraguay, by pupils of Colegio Salesiano Don Bosco de Ypacara (Paraguay). Its measurements are 14.95 m x 10 m. 

14. Paper is not always made of wood; it can also be made from leftover bits of cloth and hemp material.

15. Five liters of water are required to make a sheet of paper. 99% of water removal and drying produces paper in the way we see it.

16. There are numerous varieties of paper. Some of the types are writing paper, handmade paper, blotting paper, printing paper, wrapping paper, drawing paper, specialty paper, etc. 

17. Manufacturers frequently recommend paper for packaging because it is visually appealing and convenient to transport. For two-thirds of customers, packaging made of cardboard or paper makes items more appealing than packaging made of other materials.

18. According to legend, Cai Lun was inspired to make paper while watching paper wasps construct their nest.

19. Papyrus is derived from the Cyperus papyrus plant.

20. China is the world’s largest producer of paper. In 2011, China produced 24.9 percent of the world’s paper and paperboard, or 99.3 million tons of paperboard and paper.

21. According to data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper products accounted for 13.1% of total landfill material in the United States in 2017.

22. Britney Gallivan set a world record for most folds on a single sheet of paper. Gallivan was capable of 12 folds on a single sheet of paper.

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23. Joseph Gayetty is known for inventing modern toilet paper.

24. The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) reports that the United States’ paper recovery rate (recycling) was 68.1 percent in 2018.

25. Origami is a Japanese art form that entails folding paper into various shapes.

26. When paper decomposes in a landfill, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more toxic than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

27. Paper that has been recycled is not synonymous with ecological paper. Ecological paper does not always mean that it is chlorine-free.

28. By 2020, global production in the pulp, paper, and publishing industries is expected to reach 500 million metric tons.

29. Pursuing a paperless office will save the numerous trees that are felled daily, thereby benefiting the environment. 

30. The amount of junk mail delivered each year is equivalent to the growth of 100 million trees. 

31. In the United Kingdom and the majority of the world, paper sizes are based on the A-series. However, in the United States, the letter-sized sheet of paper is the most frequently used unit of measurement. A4 paper measures approximately 210 x 297 millimeters, while letter paper measures 215.9 x 279.4 millimeters.

32. The largest roll of toilet paper ever manufactured measured 2.59m in height and 2.97m in diameter. Charmin founded the company in August 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America. They later sent it to a Ripley’s.

33. A degree program in Paper Science is available. If you’re interested in analyzing the factors that affect modeling shrinkage during manufacturing or pore size distribution, this course may be for you. 

34. Each year, North Americans and Europeans consume more than 200 kg of paper.

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