Although a lot has been written about the paper used in offices every day – especially paper used in copiers and office printers – very little, if any, has been written about the environmental impact of the other paper-based office tool; the business card. It looks so innocent in its tiny size, that nobody seems to pay attention. But if you look at the numbers, things are getting quite serious.

The paper needed for business cards is produced from processed wood. Paper produced by a single tree is enough to produce around 20,000 business cards. And while for a single professional this number might seem huge – it might take you whole life to hand-out 20,000 business cards – the same is not true when it comes to company level; most companies printing needs are far more than 20,000 business cards per year. According to the latest verified available statistics (here:, in the US alone 1 billion business cards are printed each year. 1 billion! That’s – even with most optimistic calculations on the use of recycled paper – about 30,000 trees per year or about 500 hectares of the forest! And that’s for the US alone.

What is more disturbing, is that 88% of those trees, or more than 26,000 trees, are wasted for nothing! And about 2,500 trees are spent on producing business cards.


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