The Secret Life of Paper

How is paper production related to forest destruction and global warming? Why is recycling and buying recycled paper important? You need to see this video.



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663 Pounds

That’s how much paper every American consumes, on average, each year. Read about paper use and much more in our FAQ.


Learn about the effects of paper production, alternative fibers, recycling and policy, and the simple steps you can take to reduce your paper footprint.

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Released: August 11, 2008
Online views: 41,500
Offline views:
Awards: Winner of the “Rethinking Resources” award at the Ninth Annual Media That Matter Film Festival.

Posted on over 150 blogs internationally

The Secret Life videos have been broadcast on television and screened at a variety of events, including but not limited to:

  • Comcast Network
  • Earth Day events around the country
  • The Hudson Valley Fair (attendance of 400,000)
  • The Zero Waste Conference in Los Angeles
  • Total Reclaim Inc.’s ongoing workshops in the Pacific NorthWest
  • High schools and universities across the country.
  • The 9th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival

The Videos have also been hosted on several significant government and institutional websites, including but not limited to:

  • Harvard University’s Recycling Newsletter
  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • Santa Clara University’s Sustainability site
  • The South Chicago Community Schools
  • The University of Vermont’s Recycling and Waste Management site
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • The Dogwood Alliance
  • The New American Dream
  • Trash to Treasure
  • Wikipedia


INFORM is grateful to the following foundations and individuals for their generous support of The Secret Life series:

As You Sow Foundation
The Easter Foundation
The Ettinger Foundation
John and Olivia Farr
Stephen and Jane Land
The Joseph P. Rosen Foundation
Rosina B. Rue
John and Isabelle Silverman
The Starrett Foundation
The Gordon Smith Trust
The Weeden Foundation
Scott and Linden Wise

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