The Forest Stewardship Council is the only certification system that requires a consensus solution when conflicts arise between logging companies and indigenous communities.

Paper accounts for nearly 40% of the waste stream.

More than 140 publishers, including many of the world's largest, have strong environmental policies.

On average, it is estimated that the U.S. book industry uses less than 10% recycled fiber for its paper.

On average, it is estimated that the U.S. newsprint sector has a 35% recycled fiber use-rate.

Globally, over 40% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper.

Deforestation accounts for 25% of human caused C02 emissions.

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.

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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About the GPI Publisher Certification Program

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The Green Press Initiative certification program for environmentally responsible publishers was created over a three-year period with feedback from dozens of stakeholders including publishers, printers, paper manufacturers and environmental organizations.

The program initially started as a project of the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC), however when the BIEC decided to discontinue work on the certification program, Green Press Initiative took what had been started within the BIEC and continued to develop the program. While the structure of the certification program is slightly different than what had been discussed within the BIEC the feedback received from BIEC members and a public commenting period have resulted a certification program that we believe sets a high bar yet is obtainable for publishers that choose to make environmental sustainability a priority.
If you would like to learn more about the requirements for becoming certified please review this overview document. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions regarding the certification program please email us.

 

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