The Forest Stewardship Council is the only certification system that requires a consensus solution when conflicts arise between logging companies and indigenous communities.

More than 140 publishers, including many of the world’s largest, have strong environmental policies.

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.

Each pound of postconsumer recycled fiber that replaces a ton of virgin fiber prevents the release of 2,108 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions.

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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Action Steps - Authors

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  1. Understand the social and environmental impacts of the Book industry by reviewing the Toolkit on Responsible paper use.
  2. Support an industry wide transition to environmentally responsible paper by signing the Book Industry Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing.
  3. Set a goal of having future books published on environmentally and socially responsible paper, meeting the paper use guidelines.
  4. Communicate environmental goals to any publishers you are working with. Encourage the publishers to maximize environmental benefits and minimize incremental costs by developing a company wide environmental policy which will maximize efficiency through economies of scale. View sample letter to Publishers
  5. If a given publisher is unwilling to address environmental and social concerns, consider working with a different publisher on future projects. Click here to see a list of publishers that have signed the Book Industry Treatise, or have strong environmental policies


 

 

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