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 - Newspaper Publishers

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  1. Understand your impacts. Determine where your paper is manufactured and where the fiber originates. To better understand the social/environmental impacts of the newspaper industry and potential solutions, refer to  A Brighter Shade of Green: Opportunities for Newspapers in the New Era of Consumer Environmentalism
  2. Assign responsibility for environmental goals to an individual, or team of people who are in a position to make choices regarding paper procurement.
  3. 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 include a commitment to:
    • 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
  4. Contact us if you would like a sample environmental policy, or assistance in developing a policy.
  5. Communicate environmental goals with suppliers. Let them know you expect them to help you meet those goals. Use your environmental policy as a tool to demonstrate to mills 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.
  6. Market corporate responsibility by providing information about commitment and resource savings in your newspaper(s).
  7. Look for ways to minimize impacts on global warming (in addition to using environmentally responsible paper). For details on the newspaper industry’s impacts on climate change and ways to minimize these impacts see the Guide  for Reducing Climate Impacts.
  8. Continue to track environmental progress on minimizing environmental impacts and periodically assess what additional actions can be taken.
 

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