“In 1996, digital storage became more cost-effective for storing data than paper.”
Morris and Truskowski, IBM Systems Journal, Vo. 42, No. 2, 2003.
“‘At the moment we use vans, lorries and people to move these mountains of [legal] paper around the country on a daily basis,’ said Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions. ‘It’s time the electronic case file became a common basis…. In theory, this will mean that advocates will have access to everything that they need, apart from their wig and gown of course, on a small digital device.'”
“Lawyers to get tablet computers in move towards paperless courts,” The Guardian, December 2, 2011
“In the end, we will become paperless the same way we once became horseless. Horses are still around, but they are ridden by hobbyists, not commuters… an entirely new paperless business world is coemerging with the advent of our new digital tools. Don’t expect this world to arrive less than 20 or 30 years from now, but its impact is already felt in businesses today.”–Paul Saffo, 1992
The U.S. has consumed about 71 million tons of paper and paperboard in 2010, down from 93 million in 2000.