Updated: Dec 20, 2020
1) To start with, around 100 B.C., the Chinese invented paper from hemp. They later began to use tree bark, bamboo, and other plant fibers to create paper.
2) We derived the English word “paper” from the Egyptian word “papyrus”.
3) Americans use more than 90 million short tons of paper and paperboard every year.
4) Furthermore, over 2 billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published each year in the U.S. alone.
5) Johannes Gutenberg printed the first Bible on parchment–that is, sheep skin. In fact, he used the skins of 300 sheep to end up with the final product.