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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 email@example.com 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 http://www.canadianborealforestagreement.com/
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 http://www.wri.org/fla/
NEW RESEARCH AND REPORTS
May 23 - Rainforest Action Network released a report about children’s books and illegally sourced fiber from Indonesia. More at http://ran.org/bookreport
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. www.cascades.com
May 5– New Leaf Paper announced Reincarnation is now 60% postconsumer waste. More at www.newleafpaper.com
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 http://www.greenpressinitiative.org/action/suppliers.htm
Toolkit for publishers is available at:
Toolkit for Printers is available at:
Toolkit for Small Publishers
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