Humans have been looking for something to write on since language was invented and paper came soon afterward as a solution. The early Egyptians used eucalyptus leaves that were beaten flat so that they would have something to make markings on. Many people would be lost without it to write down their grocery lists or to remind them of important events. We cut it, dye it, shape it, burn it and do many more things to it. We get it when we stop at the store and usually turn right around and throw it away.
We get a strip of it in the form of a receipt every time we buy something. We have record books to keep track of all of these purchases because we usually throw the receipt away. We keep track of things with pen and paper because we know it is more convenient than carrying our computer around with us. We shape it, color it and hang it around the house during the holidays or for special events. We wrap surprise gifts in it so that the contents cannot be seen.
While it is true that our technology has sent us further into the electronics than ever before, we still have many, many uses for traditional forms of paper. Writing a letter is not the only thing that it is used for. All we have to do is look around and see how many ways it is used to make our lives more convenient. The postal service has suffered due to this economic turn in the direction of electronic equipment but the paper industry is still thriving.
There are many more options for how this material is used. It can be found on every continent on earth. It can be laminated for prosperity, sealed to make it official and made fire-resistant. It can be as soft as tissue or as hard as wood.
We are leaning away from using this material for economical and environmental reasons but we still see new paperback novels being printed and pamphlets or brochures for advertisement all the time. These are things that are not going to end anytime soon. Research shows that the changes that have been made in the way we use and the way we recycle has made a great impact on the health of the planet.
We have a need for this material every single day, even in different forms than a sheet of it to write on. We use it to help us clean surfaces and our bodies. We use it in the bathroom and the kitchen and all over the house. When we get sick, we use it to blow our noses.
Our picnic products are made almost completely of paper, such as plates, napkins, tablecloths, cups and much more. A lot of the things we use have been made out of plastic for extra durability and sturdiness. However, many things remain that are made of this material in every color, shape and size.
We also continue to make business and ID cards out of paper and this does not seem to be coming to an end. The elderly, children and people who are insured will have the proper identification cards to show that they have medical insurance or that hospital staff know important information about their personal health. Drivers show registration and insurance cards when they are pulled over.