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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The Green Press Initiative membership program provides benefits and resources for companies and organizations interested in reducing the social and environmental impacts of the Book Industry.  Joining Green Press Initiative is a simple way to demonstrate your environmental commitment, gain access to valuable tools and resources, and support the efforts of a pioneering organization.
GIP Supporting Member
Greeen Press Initiative (GPI) provides its members with the expertise and resources to design, implement and evaluate successful, socially responsible business policies and practices.

Member Benefits:
In addition to supporting efforts of the Green Press Initiative to promote an industry-wide transition towards more socially and environmentally responsible practices, member companies receive the following

  • Use of the Green Press Initiative Supporting Member Logo

  • Consulting and Employee Training (Policy development consultation and basic and/or in depth training

  • Research and Tools (Free Environmental Trends and Climate Impacts and future paid reports, endangered forest risk assessment,)

  • Environmental Calculations and Analysis (annual environmental savings, carbon footprint calculations)

Who is Eligible?
Any company or organization that has an interest in improving the sustainability of the book industry may join as a supporting member

Membership dues are based on a sliding scale according to a company’s gross annual revenue as outlined below:

Gross Annual Revenue Annual Dues
Individuals (authors, consultants, advocates) $50.00

Nonprofits, government agency, trade association

Business under $1 million $100.00

Business over $1million and under $5 million

Business over $5 million and under $10 million $300.00
Business over $10 million and under $20 million $500.00
Business over $20 million and under $50million $1,000.00 

Business over $50 million and under $100 million

Businesses over $100 million $2,000.00

Become a Member:
There are two ways you can sign up for membership. You may download and print an invoice which you can submit via mail or fax, or you can join securely online with a credit card using PayPal.

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Pay with a Credit Card:
Select the appropriate membership level below based on annual revenues. When you click "Buy Now" you will be directed to a PayPal site where you can securely complete your transaction. If you do not have a PayPal account you can still pay with a credit card by clicking "Don't have a PayPal account" on the site you will be directed to.

Membership Levels

Note: Credit card payments will be processed by Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, the fiscal sponsor of Green Press Initiative and "Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs" may show up on your credit card statement in reference to this transaction.



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