How to make your life green (er)? 1 step can be choosing recycled paper or paper made by different materials than trees, such as stones (not in the infographic but one case history of the blue economy). This info-graphic by Quill and Ghergich will explain you why.

Think about all the pieces of paper you’ve used throughout your life; it probably numbers in the thousands, if not more. But how did the process of paper making change throughout history to enable us to all use the same colored, sized, and weight of paper? It’s actually a process that’s thousands of years old and closely traces the evolution of manufacturing itself.

Paper, of course, was originally made by hand, and not from wood, but from plants including papyrus and bamboo. It spread, as so many other things did, from a few centralized locations into broader use and acceptance. That broad use mean that inventors tinkered with both material and equipment over the years until they finally created paper mills fueled by water and wood, enabling them to create a much more robust, uniform supply.

Even today, though, manufacturers continue to push the creation of paper, relying on different materials such as cloth, and recycled processes to feed the world’s demand for paper. Where has paper come from and where is it likely to take us? This graphic shows both the history and the future of paper.

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From Rags to Copy Machines: The Evolution of Paper Making

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