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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Publisher Certification


Green Press Initiative is pleased to introduce a new certification program for environmentally responsible publishers. Publishers that are certified to the standards established by Green Press Initiative must demonstrate that virtually all controversial fiber has been eliminated from their supply chain and that they are meeting certain benchmarks related to recycled fiber and fiber that is sourced from well managed forests. The certification program also considers many other elements of a publisher’s operations including efforts to minimize waste and energy consumption.

The certification has three tiers—bronze, silver and gold—representing greater levels of environmental achievement. There are also several different ways that each tier of certification can be obtained which provides some flexibility for publishers that choose to emphasize different types of environmental initiatives.

Certified publishers may display the appropriate “Certified Environmentally Responsible Publisher” seal on books printed during the time their certification is valid, as well as websites, catalogues and other promotional materials. These seals indicate to consumers that the certified publishers are true leaders in reducing environmental impacts

Publishers interested in becoming certified should first read the more detailed overview of the certification program and then complete the online application.


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