Change the Margins is a group trying to get you (and companies, and governments, and software manufacturers) to use smaller margins on your documents. Why? Because it’s an incredibly simple way to save on paper — a big environmental win.
According to a study done by the Penn State Green Destiny Council, reducing margins to .75” on all sides results in a total reduction of paper by 4.75%…
In 2003, the U.S. consumed approx. 5.4 million tons of office paper. If everyone used Efficient Margins, every year we would save 6,156,000 trees…
-Total energy: 9,840,368 million British thermal units (Btus), which is enough to provide power to 108,136 homes
-Greenhouse gas emissions: 1,459,535,366 pounds, which is the equivalent of CO2 emissions from 132,528 cars
-Solid waste: 584,396,539 lbs, which is the equivalent of 20,871 fully loaded garbage trucks
-Wastewater: 4.8 billion gallons, which is enough to fill 7,408 Olympic-sized swimming pools
Suddenly, one little margin change feels like it has a lot more impact!