Paper Undergoing Slow, Steady Decline

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 19, 2016

While paper still remains popular with American businesses, the amount they use has been steadily going down, year by year, with number of prints declining by 10 percent since 2007, according to The Wall Street Journal. During this year of peak paper, business printed, copied and faxed just over one trillion sheets of paper. Since then, however, this figure has declined by about 1 to 2 percent every single year. This still amounts to a whole lot of paper, but this slow decline may indicate that the paperless office that people have been talking about since the 70s may actually arrive--just not as soon as people first expected. The Journal estimates that paper's decline will accelerate about 20 years from now, when people who are more comfortable using digital devices start assuming leadership positions in corporate offices. Until then, through, paper remains an essential component even in offices that have largely digitized their operations. 

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