Illinoisans are being encouraged to pause before hitting the print icons on their computers. As part of Earth Day and Earth Week events, state leaders are asking Illinois employees and other residents to make it "No Print Week" to help reduce unnecessary paper use.
Spokesman Mike Claffey with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services says it's estimated that the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year.
"We're asking people to give it a second thought and to hold off on printing because we really can save a lot of trees and protect our environment by cutting back on the amount of paper that we use for printing."
According to a report from the United Nations Development Program, the United States accounts for 30 percent of the world's paper use, while having less than five percent of the world's population.
Claffey says Illinois has worked hard over the years to cut back on paper use and to recycle, with an estimated 5.5 million pounds of paper recycled in 2013. But that's not all.
"830,000 pounds of cardboard; we also recycled almost 2500 pounds of plastic, more than 4000 pounds of aluminum," he said. "So we're making a lot of progress in the area of sustainability across the state of Illinois."
Claffey adds that "No Print Week" comes after the success of last year's "No Print Day," and it's hoped that reducing paper use is something people will be conscious of all year long.