Worldwide paper consumption has plateaued worldwide after rising steadily for the past two decades, and the world's richest countries saw a 6 percent decline in paper use between 2000 and 2005. Some folks forecast that a paper-free world is nigh, and trends back up that prediction (Worldwide shipments of personal scanners nearly doubled from 2005 to 2007, and are expected to nearly double again by 2010.) Even ticker tape parades (such as the Giants' last week used much much less paper than in the 1940's. Efficiency is likely driving the trend more than eco-mindedness, but either way its good new for the trees and for us.
Source: Grist, NYTimes