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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About Green Press Initiative

Mission: The mission of the Green Press Initiative is to work with book and newspaper industry stakeholders to conserve natural resources, preserve endangered forests, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize impacts on indigenous communities.

Approach: The Green Press Initiative is a non-profit program and its staff work to carry out its mission by:

  • Advancing awareness by researching and communicating the environmental and social impacts of the book and newspaper industries and where opportunities exist to improve them.
  • Facilitating collaboration by engaging industry stakeholders throughout the supply chain to work together towards advancing industry improvements.
  • Assisting with implementation through ongoing communication with participating companies, and the provision of critical information, resources, and tools throughout the process of achieving their sustainability goals.

Organizational Funding: The Green Press Initiative is funded primarily through grant foundations. Past and present funders include:

  • Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
  • The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
  • Giles and Elise Mead Foundation
  • Katz Family Foundation
  • Merck Family Fund
  • The Overbrook Foundation
  • Town Creek Foundation
  • Weeden Foundation

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