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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April, 2010 Newsletter


Upcoming Events

New Green Certification Program and on-Product Logo for Publishers Unveiled Join us for this program at Book Expo on Thursday, May 27, 2010, 11:00AM - 12:00PM at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. For more information, visit their website.

The Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC) green publisher certification program will be rolled out later this year. This certification, which will require third party verification of publishers’ environmental performance across 22 metrics of performance is a first for the publishing industry. The certification system is in the final stages of development and the BIEC is currently reviewing public comments of the proposed system. Learn more about the details.


GPI News

On March 11th, the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC), which is co-coordinated by GPI, held another meeting to discuss the three priority areas it has been working on for the past two years (tracking industry progress, establishing an industry-wide climate goal developing an eco label for publishers). The council also discussed it’s newly developed priority of reducing the industry’s return rate and keeping books out of landfills. Key updates from each committee are as follows:

Tracking: Sector specific surveys that will be sent to publishers, printers, paper manufacturers and retailers are nearly complete and will be sent out in the following months

Climate: Now that the BIEC has established industry-wide greenhouse gas emissions targets, the council is working to provide resources to help the industry reach the 2020 target of reducing emissions to 20% below 2006 levels. In the near future, theBIEC website will include a book industry green house gas calculator and sector specific guidance for reducing climate impacts.

Eco Labeling: After reviewing the feedback that was submitted during a public comment period, the eco labeling committee will submit a final proposal for the BIEC eco label, including final contenders for the label design, which would appear in books.

Returns and Landfills:
The returns and landfills committee is in the process of establishing priorities, goals and objectives

The Newspaper Environmental Innovation Council (NEIC), which has been formed by GPI in partnership with Canopy, held its initial call on March 9.   The Council will work together to create a vision and goals for reducing the social and environmental impacts of the newspaper industry modeled after the BIEC. For info, contact Shannon Binns at

GPI is finalizing a listing of overseas book papers to help publishers avoid Lacey Act violations and avoid papers that may include fiber sourced from Endangered Forests. The listing includes over 150 papers and uses red, yellow, and green ratings to indicate the risks for each paper.

Each week on Facebook and Twitter, we profile GPI member success stories. Please join and send us your eco publishing victories in production, marketing, and manufacturing, etc. Membership helps GPI to continue helping the industry make environmental improvements.  You can see a list of members and join at For renewals, contact

In The News

The work of the Environmental Paper Network and its member organizations, like GPI, have saved millions of acres of forest and hundreds of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases. Streams, rivers and our air are cleaner. To fully understand the impacts and progress, you can view Turning the Page and the related video.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced in March that a 63.4 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2009. This higher than expected recovery rate is good news for reducing deforestation, keeping paper out of landfill where it breaks down and releases methane gas, and helps with growing demand for recycled fiber in paper and other products. More here.

Wal-Mart reports that cost-savings, not public relations, are the real motivator for continued environmental initiatives within the company. Their plan is to reduce their carbon footprint by 150% over the next five years with the help of their suppliers. More here.

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Tools & Resources

Paper Calculator v2.0
The Environmental Defense Fund’s Paper Calculator tool was recently updated. Check it out!

Updated Paper and Supplier Listings
Updated lists of environmentally responsible papers and printers that stock environmental grade papers are available at

Toolkit for publishers is available at:

Toolkit for Printers is available at:

Toolkit for Small Publishers



This newsletter and the Green Press Initiative is made possible through the support of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Giles and Elise Mead Foundation, Katz Family Foundation, Merck Family Fund, Overbrook Foundation, Town Creek Foundation, Weeden Foundation



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