Action Steps - Book Publishers
- 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.
- Determine your current use rate of recycled, FSC
certified, and other certified paper.
- Assign responsibility for environmental goals to an
individual, or team of people who are in a position to make
choices regarding paper procurement.
- Communicate environmental goals with suppliers. Let them
know you expect them to help you meet those goals.
- 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:
You may choose to
recommended guidelines for paper use. and utilize our
sample policy template.
- 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
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions where possible
- Support an industry wide transition to environmentally
responsible paper by signing the
Book Industry Treatise on Environmentally
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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,
Guide for Reducing
- Continue to track environmental progress and periodically
assess what additional actions can be taken.