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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Recent Publisher Announcements


Nelson Launches New Green Initiative

Thomas Nelson has announced a new initiative designed to lessen the company’s environmental impact. Developed in consultation with the Green Press Initiative, the program aims to reduce Nelson’s paper consumption by at least 30% by the year 2012 through strategies such as shorter print runs—reducing the quantity of books per title printed by 10% by 2010 and 18% by 2012--more use of POD, and increased digital delivery of content.

The company also will increase its use of recycled paper and support “best practices in forest management” by purchasing at least 20% of its paper for domestic consumption from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and by attempting to eliminate the use of paper containing fiber from endangered and old growth forest areas.

A task force has been formed to develop awareness and educational programs for suppliers, customers and employees. Read More.


Scholastic Sets Industry-Leading Goals for Recycled and FSC-Certified Paper Use.

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company,  announced that the company is further strengthening its sustainable paper procurement practices by setting industry-leading goals to increase the percentage of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper and post-consumer waste (pcw) recycled paper it purchases.

In consultation with the Rainforest Alliance, the Green Press Initiative and other stakeholders, the company has set a five-year goal to increase its publication paper purchase of FSC-certified paper to 30% and its use of recycled paper to 25%, of which 75% will be post-consumer waste. Read More.


Simon and Schuster Paper Policy

Simon & Schuster, Inc., and its employees are committed to publishing in a manner that both respects the environment and helps to preserve the world’s great forest regions for the use and pleasure of future generations. We seek to achieve this through the judicious use of natural resources, most specifically in the production, manufacture, and distribution of our books, and by working with paper manufacturers who are certified as practitioners of sustainable forest management techniques that address and balance social, environmental and economic concerns. Read More.


New Random House Environmental Initiative: Ten Fold Increase in Use of Recycled Paper by 2010

In the most substantial environmental initiative in the company’s history, Random House, Inc., the U.S. division of Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, has announced that by 2010 at least thirty percent (30%) of the uncoated paper it uses to print the majority of its U.S. titles will be derived from recycled fibers.

At present, less than three percent (3%) of the paper fibers used in Random House, Inc. books comes from recycled sources. Read More.



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