The Forest Stewardship Council is the only certification system that requires a consensus solution when conflicts arise between logging companies and indigenous communities.

Paper accounts for nearly 40% of the waste stream.

More than 140 publishers, including many of the world's largest, have strong environmental policies.

On average, it is estimated that the U.S. book industry uses less than 10% recycled fiber for its paper.

On average, it is estimated that the U.S. newsprint sector has a 35% recycled fiber use-rate.

Globally, over 40% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper.

Deforestation accounts for 25% of human caused C02 emissions.

When the goals set forth in the Book Industry Treatise on Responsible paper use are realized over 5 million trees will be preserved each year.

In 2006, an Opinion Research Corporation poll revealed that 80% of readers are willing to pay more for books printed on recycled and environmentally responsible paper.

Over the course of its lifecycle, postconsumer recycled fiber requires 30-40% less energy than virgin fiber.


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In 2009, the US consumed 5.7 million tons of newsprint.

Although the newspaper industry is using less newsprint each year as more readers access their news online, it still uses nearly 4 million metric tons of virgin fiber each year.

Given the magnitude of the industry, the environmental impacts are significant. Production of the newsprint used in the US in 2009:

  • Consumed 9.5 million tons of wood -- equivalent to 67 million trees.
  • Generated 86 billion gallons of wastewater -- enough to fill 130,000 swimming pools.
  • Required 154 trillion BTUs -- enough to meet the energy needs of 1.7 million homes per year.
  • Created 8.6 billion pounds of waste -- enough to fill 309,000 garbage trucks.
  • And emitted 26 million tons of greenhouse gases* -- equivalent to the emissions of 2.9 million cars/year

*Calculation based on Environmental Defense Paper calculator and the addition of forest carbon loss.


At the same time, the massive scale of its impacts places the newspaper industry in a unique position to help curb climate change and conserve endangered forests through the transformation of its practices.

Building on our success in the book industry, and in partnership with Canopy, Green Press Initiative is committed to collaborating with mills, printers, and publishers to bring about this change.

Read the Newspaper Industry Environmental Vision.



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