Full employment for lumberjacks has its drawbacks. The ‘paperless office’ the computer revolution was supposed to bring about didn’t happen, we are using more paper, therefore felling more trees, than we ever have.
In the past 30 years world paper consumption has increased by half. Despite buzz words like ‘paperless’ and ‘green’ each American uses almost 6 forty foot trees per year in a race to strip the world of our most glorious flora.
The U.S. is 7th in world paper usage, with Belgium, Finland, Austria, Germany, Japan and Sweden using more. It seems bizarre, Amazon recently announced that e-books have out sold printed matter for the first time, yet we are still lumberjacking like lunatics.