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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June, 2010 Newsletter


Upcoming Events

GPI’s FREE webcast on the challenges of printing in Asia. July 16 11:30am EST Join the outstanding panel to find out the latest on the risks plus new tools & resources to help you make the best eco choices. Learn more and register at

GPI News

The GPI staff has just returned from a retreat to review our past nine years and focus on directions for the future. We are proud of the environmental improvements that the book industry has made. The Book Industry Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing continues to be a primary tool in that process. The formation of the Book Industry Environmental Council has moved the collective effort further. To read the history, visit our Industry Progress page.

GPI will be synthesizing information on the environmental impacts of e-publishing compared to print in the next few months. In the meantime, here is article comparing lifecycle impacts of books to the ipad.  Read the New York Times article here.

In The News

In case you haven’t seen it, Al Gore’s book, Our Choice, published by Rodale, was printed on 100% recycled and FSC (10% post consumer, 90% post industrial) coated paper. Great four color throughout. The paper was made by Newton Falls Fine Paper in New York. World Color in Taunton, MA printed it. We have recently learned of publisher interest in this paper and printers who are considering ordering it with appropriate demand. Contact if you want to learn more.

Member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and leading environmental organizations signed the Canadian Boreal Conservation Agreement on May 18th, the largest of its kind, that will apply to 180 million acres, an area the size of Texas.  Read more at
Congrats to the members of the Environmental Paper Network and many others who helped to bring this historic agreement about.

EPA ruled on May 14th that energy derived from biomass producers will be subject to greenhouse gas permitting requirements. This is important because burning biomass such as wood for energy releases carbon dioxide to the atmosphere that would otherwise be stored in the forest.  Read more here.

The Forest Legality Alliance is a recently formed partnership that will provide information and tools to businesses to help them avoid purchasing illegal wood. More at


May 23 - Rainforest Action Network released a report about children’s books and illegally sourced fiber from Indonesia. More at

NEWs From Mills, Printers, Merchants

May 31- Cascades announced that they will invest 10 million dollars in their East Angus mill to build a recycled pulp unit that will enable the production of kraft type recycled pulp.

May 5– New Leaf Paper announced Reincarnation is now 60% postconsumer waste. More at

Tools & Resources

Paper Calculator v2.0
The Environmental Defense Fund’s Paper Calculator tool was recently updated. Check it out!

Updated Paper and Supplier Listings
Updated lists of environmentally responsible papers and printers that stock environmental grade papers are available at

Toolkit for publishers is available at:

Toolkit for Printers is available at:

Toolkit for Small Publishers

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This newsletter and the Green Press Initiative is made possible through the support of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Giles and Elise Mead Foundation, Katz Family Foundation, Merck Family Fund, Overbrook Foundation, Town Creek Foundation, Weeden Foundation



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