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 - Printers

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1) Understand your impacts. Look at where paper is sourced, how much is recycled, and how much is FSC certified. To better understand the social/environmental impacts of the book industry and potential solutions, refer to the Toolkit on Responsible Paper Use for Printers.

2) Craft an internal paper policy (view sample policy), following the goals developed by industry counterparts, as stated in the Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing . You may also refer to the Paper Use Guidance for Printers.

3) Support an industry wide transition to environmentally responsible paper by signing the Book Industry Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing.

4) Develop a baseline measurement. Determine how much recycled (postconsumer and preconsumer) fiber you use as a percentage of your overall tonnage. The most direct measure looks at total number of pounds or tons of recycled fiber used: not just amount of paper with recycled content.

5) If you are already FSC-certified, you will have to track that fiber usage. For information on becoming an FSC-certified printer and tracking, visit the FSC Certification website. To understand the steps more fully visit the Rainforest Alliance Conserving Forestlands website.

6) Look for ways to minimize impacts on global warming (in addition to maximizing use of 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.

7) Communicate your environmental policy objectives to your distributors, mills and merchants. Make sure they understand that you expect them to help you meet your goals.

8) Communicate  your environmental objectives and paper policy to your customers.

9) Analyze your customer's paper preferences and proactively make suggestions for substitutions of environmental papers over virgin sheets whenever possible.

10) Make one of these eco sheets the house sheet and make volume commitments as a strategy for reducing costs and ideally reaching price parity.

11) Make sure that your customer service representatives are informed and understand the internal commitment. Train them to be proactive in urging eco sheets as substitutes.

12) Use your green initiative to distinguish your operation from other non-environmental printers.

13) Continue to track progress on minimizing environmental impacts and periodically assess what additional actions can be taken.

 
 

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