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 - Librarians


We must never underestimate the power of the individual to bring about change in the world.  Your voice is important; but even more important are your actions.

1)      Get informed! The U.S. book and newspaper industries combined require the harvest of 125 million trees each year and emit over 40 million metric tons of CO2 annually; equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of 7.3 million cars.

To understand the social and environmental impacts of the Book and Newspaper industry start by reviewing our FAQ page.

2)      Write to your favorite publisher or newspaper to let them know you care about environmentally friendly publishing. Encourage them to establish an environmental policy and goals for transitioning to sustainable printing practices. Contact for sample letters.

3)      Hold a green books night, highlighting publications that demonstrate sustainable practices in production, printing and beyond. For a list of suggested publishers check out our industry leaders, or the Eco-Libris green books campaign.

4)      Be an advocate – participate in the ALA’s Social Responsibility Roundtable Task Force on the Environment


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