Is there any paper making alternative? What is there in trees that makes it the only thing from which paper can be made? Do we even need paper anymore with all electronic devices and stylus', etc
Paper mostly consists of cellulose, form which wood is a good source. Another interesting source is the hemp plant and it seems that hemp was indeed the major source in paper manufacturing up to the 19th century.
Nowadays, recycling of paper probably is the most reasonable way to reduce the wood use.
Do we even need paper anymore with all electronic devices and stylus'
Yes, for different reasons:
- Think in how long old books and handwritings have lasted. Compare that with the durability of magnetic (tapes, hard disks) or optical recordings (CD, DVD, Bluray, etc.)
Supposed that the ability to read doesn't get lost and a document is written in a well-defined alphabet, you do not need any additional technology to access the information. Who can read data from a 9 track tape nowadays (the technology is only fifty years old) or an "old" MFM hard drive? 8" or 5.25" floppy disks, anyone? ZipDrives, supposed they survived the "click-od-death"?
Most people do not use electronic signatures for documents. Papers are signed, sealed, etc. Consequently, written contracts, bills, etc. are considered more forge-proof than electronic documents. Storing them is therefore mandatory in business.