At the end of the day the fact that we hit Peak Paper shows that we can’t go back. We can’t return to a primitive time without electronics.
—Phil Maher, “Peak Paper — Why it’s an important milestone for human knowledge,” Phil Maher, May 21, 2015
And yet in 2013, despite positive growth overall, the world reached ‘Peak Paper’: global paper production and consumption reached its maximum, flattened out, and is now falling. A prediction that was over-hyped in the 20th century and then derided in the early 2000s — namely, the Paperless Office — is finally being realised.
—John Quiggin, “Doing more with less: the economic lesson of Peak Paper,” Aeon, February 12, 2016