Deforestation and Pollution Facts

The worlds forests are being destroyed at alarming rates.  Here are some facts pulled from various sources that highlight the destruction occurring on a daily basis.

  1. Half of the world’s forests have already been cleared or burned and 80% of the reamning forests have been seriously degraded.
  2. Paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste.
  3. 42% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper.
  4. 470,000 trees could be saved each year if every person in the U.S. used just one roll of Nimbus Extra Soft instead of a traditional roll of toilet paper.
  5. The average American uses over 50 pounds of tissue papers per year!
  6. The net loss of forests per year is estimated at 7.3 million hectares (18 million acres).
  7. Worldwide, 1.6 Billion people rely on forest products for all or part of their livelihood.
  8. Experts estimate that the last remaining rain forests could be completely consumed in less than forty years!
  9. In Nigeria 81% of its original forest cover is now permanently lost.
  10. Tree Loss is responsible for 20% of the carbon pollution produced globally every year.