"The use of paper, perhaps more than any other single product, reflects the throwaway mentality that evolved during the last century. There is an enormous possibility for reducing paper use simply by replacing facial tissues, paper napkins, disposable diapers, and paper shopping bags with reusable cloth alternatives." –Lester R. Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
Andrew C. Revkin posts an exchange between Vaclav Smil, the University of Manitoba analyst, and Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute in the New York Times Dot Earth blog. Posted January 10, 2011.