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 - Book Publishers

  1. Understand your impacts. Determine where your paper is manufactured and where the fiber originates. To better understand the social/environmental impacts of the book industry and potential solutions, refer to the Toolkit on Responsible Paper Use for Book Publisher.
  2. Determine your current use rate of recycled, FSC certified, and other certified paper.
  3. Assign responsibility for environmental goals to an individual, or team of people who are in a position to make choices regarding paper procurement.
  4. Communicate environmental goals with suppliers. Let them know you expect them to help you meet those goals.
  5. Make a formal commitment to use socially and environmentally responsible paper, and to minimize production impacts. This policy, which may be implemented over the course of several years, should set goals and benchmarks for:
    • Eliminating the use of fiber from endangered forests
    • Maximizing the use of recycled and FSC certified fiber
    • Minimizing the use of toxic substances during the production process
    • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions where possible
    You may choose to Review the recommended guidelines for paper use.  and utilize our sample policy template.
  6. Support an industry wide transition to environmentally responsible paper by signing the Book Industry Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing.
  7. Phase-in increasing amounts of titles on environmental papers, or leverage a full season’s volume to decrease prices by making quick and comprehensive shifts.
  8. Use your environmental policy as a tool to demonstrate to printers that you are committed to environmentally responsible paper and to negotiate the best possible price. Consider working with new partners if existing vendors do not meet company needs (View Suppliers List)
  9. Market corporate responsibility by providing information about environmental commitments and resource savings on title page or back cover. (An industry developed logo should be completed in 2008)
  10. Look for ways to minimize impacts on climate change (in addition to using environmentally responsible paper). For details on the book industry’s impacts on climate change, and ways to minimize these impacts see the Book Industry Environmental Trends and Climate Impacts Report, or the  Guide for Reducing Climate Impacts.
  11. Continue to track environmental progress and periodically assess what additional actions can be taken.

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