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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December 2007 Newsletter


In the News

Simon and Schuster Releases Environmental Policy

In November, Simon & Schuster released a strong environmental policy stating that by 2012, the company plans to increase its use of recycled paper from current levels of 10% to 25% and will use at least 10% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.

The policy places Simon & Schuster among the ranks of Random House and 143 other publishers with strong environmental policies. This is the the first policy from a large publisher to set a target for increasing the use of FSC certified paper, which ensures the best practices in forest management. Simon and Schuster collaborated with Green Press Initiative over a 3 month period to learn more about the issues and finalize their policy.

For more information visit  Simon & Shusters web site

Thomas Nelson Releases First Bible on Recycled and FSC Certified Paper

With the release of the The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible, publisher Thomas Nelson is the first to produce a bible with recycled and FSC certified paper. Michael S. Hyatt, president and CEO of Thomas Nelson, Inc. stated that “Our team is excited to be taking some important steps forward in protecting the resources God has given us.” Many other publishers of the bible and religious books are also taking steps to minimize environmental impacts. Baker Publishing, InterVarsity Press, and  Ave Maria press all have strong environmental policies in place, and many other publishers of bibles and religious books are exploring steps to reduce their environmental and social impacts. Anne Gerth, Director of Production for InterVarsity Press, explains the thinking behind her decision to develop a paper policy, “We commit to taking formal and meaningful steps towards using responsible paper and encourage our printing partners to help us meet this challenge. It is not always easy, but is the right thing to do.”

Above image: Thomas Nelson CEO, Michael S. Hyatt holds a copy of the bible produced on FSC and recycled paper.

Recycled Fiber Availability to Increase

Pratt Industries, the world's largest privately-owned manufacturer of paper and packaging materials plans three new recycled paper mills, four waste to energy plants and 30 materials recovery facilities.

Pratt Chairman and CEO, Anthony Pratt made this announcement at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference on Oct 1. "Recycling is an important weapon against climate change. We envision the U.S. moving toward a zero waste society and seek to increase U.S. recycling rates dramatically by investing this $1 billion to expand our recycling operations, and by helping to create a recycling movement," he said in a statement.

For more information visit Pratt Industries

Librarians Lend Their Voice for Environmental Change

The American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table recently passed a resolution in support of the mission of the Green Press Initiative. In 2008 the ALA will undertake a Greening of the Presses advocacy effort aimed at urging more publishers, as well their suppliers, to reduce their environmental impacts.

Vast Areas of Boreal Protected

In late November, the Canadian government announced one of the largest land conservation agreements in North American history, which will protect 25.5 million acres of the Canadian Boreal forest—an areaequal in size to 11 Yellowstone National Parks. This is great news for one of the world’s last large intact spans of frontier forests, which is relied upon by a wide diversity of wildlife as well as hundreds of indigenous communities.

For more information visit

FSC to Consider Rule Change

The board of The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) will vote next month on a rule that would prohibit companies that are damaging endangered forests or using illegally sourced wood from receiving FSC certification. The proposed change comes after mounting criticism from stakeholders, and an article in the Wall Street Journal which states that some companies are using FSC certification as a means of greenwashing.

Concern arises from the fact that under current rules, companies can obtain FSC certification for some of their sourced wood even if the company is causing environmental degradation or sourcing wood illegally in other locations. Despite this shortcoming, which FSC is working to correct, FSC is widely viewed as offering the best protection to endangered forest and remains the only certification system to prevent conversion of natural forests into plantations, and integrate the rights of indigenous communities.

New York Times Highlights Impacts of Paper in Indonesia

On December 6th, an article appearing in the New York Times highlighted the impacts of the pulp and paper industry in Indonesia. The article, available here, discusses both the impacts on local communities and global warming associated with the rampant, and often illegal deforestation occurring in Indonesia.

For more detailed information's about the impacts, see Indonesia Under Pressure, a briefing report developed by the Green Press Initiative

A Call for Case Studies on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Green Press Initiative will soon be releasing a toolkit designed to help companies in the book industry reduce their impacts on global warming. In addition to using environmentally responsible paper, many publishers, printers and mills have taken steps to significantly reduce their use of energy, take advantage of renewable energy sources, or offset a portion of the greenhouse gas emissions they do produce.

If your company has taken similar action, please send details to for possible inclusion as a case study in the toolkit. Awards Accepting Nominations—a web site for environmental sustainability in printing and publishing, co-produced by Book Business magazine—has announced a call for nominations for its second-annual Awards.

The awards recognize two book publishers each year: the "Newcomer of the Year" award for a publishing company which recently implemented significant environmental sustainability policy, and the "Longtime Leader" award for a publisher with a history of environmentally conscious publishing practices.

To nominate your publishing company or another company for either award, e-mail a brief description of the company's efforts in environmental sustainability to:

New Research & Reports

New Report on Forest Certification Highlights Why FSC is Best Practice

A new report by EEM, Inc., a Montreal based environmental consulting company, identified the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as the best standard for forest certification. Though the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has taken positive steps to make its board autonomous from the American Forest and Paper Association, and to strengthen requirements for tracking fiber, FSC is still widely regarded as adhering to the best practices in forest management as it the only certification system that: 1) Adequately protects endangered forests 2) prevents conversion of natural forests to single species tree plantations; and 3) requires a consensus solution when conflicts arise with indigenous communities. For a detailed comparison read EEM Paper Buyer's Guide

Environmental Paper Network State of the Industry Report Released

The Environmental Paper Network has released a new report which evaluates a wide range of indicators related to environmental performance of the paper industry. In addition to highlighting the impacts of paper use on forests, and climate change, the report emphasizes the need for an increase in recovery and use of post-consumer waste, especially in the printing and writing sector where on average there is only 6% recycled content.

An executive summary and the complete report can be downloaded at The Environmental Paper Network .


Industry News from Mills, Merchants & Printers

Transcontinental Printing Develops Paper Procurement Policy

Transcontinental Printing announced a paper procurement policy that promotes the use of paper with maximized post-consumer and de-inked recycled fiber. The policy also encourages the use of paper made with pre-consumer recovered fiber or alternative fibers in preference to virgin wood fiber.

For more information visit  Transcontinental Printing

More Suppliers Receive FSC Chain of Custody Certification

Asia Pacific Offset Limited, has received FSC chain of custody (CoC) certification for its Hong Kong office for the purchase and sale of certified paper and certified printed products. Most of the firm’s suppliers are also working towards FSC certification by year’s end, according to Andrew Clarke, President.

Odyssey Press and Thomson-Shore Book Manufacturing have also recently received FSC CoC certification.

Tools & Tips

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Starts With Paper

Many publishers are taking steps to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases such as, using renewable energy, installing efficient lighting, and reducing impacts associated with transportation and travel. These steps are all important and valuable, but any publisher that is serious about reducing its impact on global warming must start with paper use. For some large publishers that have conducted a carbon audit, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with paper use can be up to 10 times greater than all other sources combined. Given that 100% recycled freesheet results in a 37% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a sheet made entirely of virgin fiber, significantly increasing the use of recycled content is likely to result in the most significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Conservation Factsheet:

A factsheet for publishers, printers and mills with tips for reducing energy use at the office is available at: energyfactsheet.pdf


Toolkits for publishers and printers who wish to reduce their environmental and social impacts are available online. These toolkits have been recently updated to provide the most recent information about the Forest Stewardship Council and other forest certification programs.


Frequently asked questions about Forest Stewardship Council Certification can be found at: FSC_QA.pdf

This newsletter and the Green Press Initiative is made possible through the support of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Merck Family Fund, Town Creek Foundation, FSC Global Fund, Wallace Global Foundation, and the Weeden Foundation.


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