How did letter paper come to be 8.5 x 11 inches in size?

Nov 8, 2019
As part of our "I've Always Wondered" series, a listener asks why we've ended up with these arbitrary-seeming dimensions for office paper.
A vat man making paper in the mid-20th century.
Courtesy Georgia Tech Institute Communications

Strong demand for wood pulp driving diaper, paper towel prices higher

Jul 31, 2018
Your shopping bill could be getting noticeably higher. Procter & Gamble today announced it’s planning to raise prices on a lot of its products, including Bounty paper towels and Puffs tissues. One reason for those increases? P&G is having to…
 A worker at Potlatch Corporation Consumer Products Division transports two huge parent rolls of tissue paper, weighing 4500 pounds. 
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What the loss of a mill means to a town

Jan 8, 2018
An industry that once defined Camas, Washington, is coming to an end. Now the former mill town is searching for its future identity.
Camas Mayor Scott Higgins in his office.
Molly Solomon/ for Marketplace

Holidays put the bow on the gift-wrapping industry

Dec 23, 2015
In the U.S., gift wrap accounts for $3.2 billion a year in retail sales.
What kinds of gifts did you ask for or register for?
Kristofor Husted

Paper industry wants customers back

Sep 15, 2015
Thanks to e-mail, e-vites and e-readers, paper use has dropped.

How much paper would it take to print the Internet?

Apr 24, 2015
U.K. college students calculated how much paper it would take to print the Internet.

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Moleskine's CEO on paper's advantages (and how to pronounce Moleskine)

May 20, 2013
Arrigo Berni puts his bet on paper over tablets after taking Moleskine public.

To print or not to print: Which is greener?

Jan 18, 2012
New answers to the hottest question of the digital age come from some unexpected sources.