Where We Get Our Facts

The environmental benefits stated in the EcoAudit℠ are calculated based upon an analytical model originally developed by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in concert with the Paper Task Force, a voluntary, private-sector initiative created to develop recommendations for purchasing environmentally preferable paper. The Paper Task Force report was published in 1995 and represented a peer-reviewed study of the environmental impacts of paper production and disposal. In 2005, EDF built an analytical model based upon the original Paper Task Force findings and updated to reflect the most current paper industry data. Then in 2008, the tool began a rigorous third-party examination in which scientists and environmental NGOs updated the model and the inputs to reflect new advances in the understanding of the entire paper life-cycle, with major revisions completed by 2009. For more information, go to calculator.environmentalpaper.org.