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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Current Members


We wish to thank the following companies for their general membership support of Green Press Initiative's work to improve the ecological footprint of the publishing industry.


Mercer University Press
Milkweed Editions
Moon Willow Press
New World Library
Nova Publishing Company
Ojai Quarterly
On Demand Books, LLC
Ooligan Press
Perfectly Scientific Press
RainTown Press
Ray of Light Books
Redleaf Press
Reference Desk Press, Inc.
River Birch Publishing
Sleepy Hollow Books
Source Online Bookstore
Spring Tree Press

The World Bank Press
TLS Graphics
Trinity University Press
University of Iowa Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of Wisconsin Press
Waratah Communications
Wesleyan University Press
Worldwatch Institute 
Yurchak Printing, Inc.





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