Paper Calculator

The Paper Calculator is the premier tool for measuring the environmental impacts of paper and discovering the best paper choices. Use it to quantify the impacts of your paper usage, and to compare different grades and types of paper with varying amounts of recycled content.

The Paper Calculator is supported by the Environmental Paper Network, a coalition of over 100 non-profit organizations working toward the sustainable production and consumption of pulp and paper.

Why do paper choices matter?

By using less paper, increasing recycled content, and making other improvements, you can save wood, water and energy, and cut pollution and solid waste.

See the environmental benefits

Create an easy-to-read report to help your company, community, non-profit or other organization make better paper choices and measure the environmental results.

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Step 1: Check the box to accept the Citation Agreement and provide contact information

I agree to cite Environmental Paper Network (required citation) when using information provided by the Paper Calculator, and accept the Terms & Conditions associated with the use of this site.

Step 2: Choose “Compare Individual Papers” or “Compare Paper Groups”

Compare individual papers
For example, calculate the impacts of a specific paper or compare the impacts of a specific paper to alternatives with higher recycled content.
Compare paper groups
For example, compare the combined impacts of several different papers you use today to one or more sets of recycled alternatives.

The Paper Calculator is based on research done by the Paper Task Force, a peer-reviewed study of the lifecycle environmental impacts of paper production and disposal. The underlying data are updated regularly.

Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator Version 3.2.1. For more information visit

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The information provided by this website is based on publicly available national averages. Data may vary for specific mills. Environmental Paper Network makes no representation, warranty or guaranty as to the reliability, timeliness, quality, suitability, availability, accuracy or completeness of the information or any content. Environmental Paper Network does not represent or warrant that (1) the use of the information will be secure, timely, uninterrupted or error-free or (2) that the information will meet your requirements. The information and content of the Paper Calculator tool is provided to you strictly on an "AS IS" basis. All conditions, representations, and warranties, whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise, including without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of third party rights, are hereby disclaimed by Environmental Paper Network to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. In no event shall Environmental Paper Network be liable to anyone for any indirect, punitive, special, exemplary, incidental, consequential or other damages of any type or kind arising out of, or in any way connected with the use of the Paper Calculator, including but not limited to the use or inability to use the Paper Calculator, or any content or information obtained from or through the Paper Calculator, any interruption, inaccuracy or error or omission in the content or information, regardless of the cause.