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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May, 2011 Newsletter



Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC) met in NYC on April 6. The Tracking Surveys for the Book Industry Environmental Council are now open. If you work for a book publisher, book printer or paper manufacturer, please make sure your company is participating in these short (approximately 20 questions) surveys. Participants may choose to keep their data completely anonymous and  a high participation rate is critical to ensure that the BIEC obtains useful information about the environmental progress of the book industry. Links to the surveys are below:

Survey for Publishers:

Survey for Book Printers/Manufacturers:

Survey for Paper Manufacturers:

Partnerships to increase recycled fiber:
Cascades and Random House are partnering to collect and recycle materials used for unsold hardcover and paperback books. The project will divert 4,487 tons of recyclable materials per year from landfill and recycling the books and using the recycled fiber saves 76,300 trees every year. Details here.

McGraw-Hill Cos and National Wildlife Federation recently launched a pilot program to increase textbook recycling for K-12 and Higher Ed as well as working with New Page to de-ink fiber recovered from textbooks. Full details here.

Association of American Publishers annual report: Book sales for 2010 showed growth in virtually every book publishing category, with e-books showing the most. More here.



Welcome new GPI members and members who have renewed since January 2011! Thanks for your support:

Candlelight Publishing
Moon Willow Press
Perfectly Scientific Press
Spring Tree Press
Trinity University Press
Viveca Smith Publishing

The Paper Calculator, the tool everyone including EPA uses to calculate resource savings based on using recycled paper, is now owned and operated by the Environmental Paper Network (EPN). More here.

The RePaper Challenge is a publicity campaign to support EPN’s RePaper Project goal of 75% recovery of all waste paper by 2015. The publicity generated by the Challenge will help businesses, universities and others learn about the goal and help with the paper recovery effort. If the U.S., currently at 63.5% , reaches the goal, it would be the world leader in recovery –creating more availability of fiber for recycled paper and reducing greenhouse gases. More at

EPA announced a 3 year delay in establishing limits for carbon pollution from facilities that burn biomass. This is bad because it sends a green light for power plants to burn whole trees instead of coal to reduce emissions. Unfortunately, current accounting methods are grossly underestimating the carbon debt from bioenergy and both industry and government policies are perpetuating a false assumption that fuel from forests is carbon-neutral. One place to read more about the problem is here.

World Wildlife Fund offers a benchmarking tool for responsible producers and buyers of paper products to help them identify responsible papers and rate them. More at

State of Green Business 2011 was released by A key positive development regarding paper: corporations are using less intensive packaging and are using less paper per dollar of GDP and recycling more. See the full picture here.

A survey by Capstrat-Public Policy Polling indicates that not only are consumers interested in knowing which brands are environmentally friendly, but they are willing to pay more for those products. It also suggests that corporations are not doing a good job of communicating their environmental initiatives. More here.


The United Nations Environment Programme has a new report called “Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production” This comprehensive report covers the impacts of deforestation, burning biomass as fuel and use of chemicals in agricultural practices, among many other impacts. Full report here.


Cascades offers an improved performance Rolland Enviro100 Digital (recycled/50% PCW) for digital presses. More here.


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:


This newsletter and the Green Press Initiative is made possible through the support of our members, contributors and the following foundations: 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, Wallace Global Fund and the Weeden Foundation



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