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, 2008 Newsletter


Become a Member of Green Press Initiative
Join nearly 40 industry stakeholders (publishers, printers, designers, and others) in becoming a member of Green Press Initiative. Support the viability of a pioneering organization in our efforts to continue supporting the greening of the book industry and gain access to a host of benefits including: discounts of recycled office products, renewable energy credits, carbon offsets, and more. To learn more, go to:

SustainPrint Awards: Call for Nominations—a website for environmental sustainability in printing and publishing, co-produced by Book Business Magazine—has announced a call for nominations for its third annual SustainPrint Awards.  The awards recognize two book publishers each year: the "Newcomer of the Year" award for a publishing company which recently implemented a significant environmental sustainability policy, and the "Longtime Leadership" award for a publisher with a history of environmentally conscious publishing practices. To nominate your publishing company or another company for either award, you can complete an online nomination form here or e-mail a brief description of the company's efforts in environmental sustainability to:

Roundtable Discusses Southern Forests, Climate, and the Business Risks and Opportunities
On October 28th Random House hosted a roundtable, coordinated by GPI and other members of the Environmental Paper Network. The roundtable looked at the climate and biodiversity impacts of the pulp and paper industry on forests in the southern United States, the resulting risks for businesses that rely on pulp and paper, and the opportunities for companies to help reduce the impacts by becoming part of the solution.

Presenters at the event included individuals from FSC-US, Random House, Staples, Domtar, Johnson & Johnson, and AbitibiBowater, amongst others. Presenters’ PowerPoint presentations and video clips of some presentations are available at:

Powell’s Expands Commitment to the Environment by Adding Solar Panels  For many years, Powell's books has helped promote environmentally responsible books by working with GPI to highlight environmentally responsible books on their website. Now the Portland-based retailer will be powered in part by the sun. The company’s flagship store in Portland will make use of one of the largest solar-electric installations in the state of Oregon. It is expected that the solar panels will provide nearly 111,000 kWh of electricity per year, or about a quarter to the stores total electricity consumption. For more information see:

paper news that affects you

Update on use of Forest Stewardship Council Logo
Publishers who buy paper directly no longer require FSC chain of custody certification to use the FSC logo as long as they are using FSC certified paper, printing at an FSC chain of custody certified printer.

Furthermore, printers that have demonstrated their ability to properly use FSC logos may obtain permissions to use the logo and a blanket statement explaining the benefits of using FSC certified paper without requiring approval for each project. GPI is continuing to work with FSC to make the use of FSC certification logos easier in the publishing industry, while at the same time ensuring that the high quality standards FSC is known for are maintained.

Global Economic Downturn Creates Paper Glut
The current economic situation has significantly reduced demand for recovered paper, especially in China, which imports the vast majority of North America's recovered paper. This rapid decrease in demand has caused recovered paper prices to plummet. Prices for recovered paper are now so low that in many cases materials recovery facilities are either stockpiling recovered paper in the hopes that prices will soon increase, or diverting the paper to landfills. With appropriate shifts in the marketplace, the drop in recovered paper prices could result in a decrease in the price of paper containing post consumer content and stimulate interest in expanding the capacity domestic paper recycling mills in the US, reducing prices further.  The need for this shifts underscores the need for publishers to express the demand for papers containing high levels of post consumer content to their suppliers through formal policies and conversations with their printers and mills. For more information see:

Global forest and climate news

Indonesia to Audit Timber Operations in Attempt to Scale Back Illegal Logging
The Indonesia Forestry Minister has announced a new initiative known as the Wood Legality Verification System. The system will require physical audits of wood stocks throughout the supply chain rather than just auditing documents as has been the practice in the past. Indonesia has the second highest rate of deforestation in the world (after Brazil) and much of the logging that takes place in the county occurs illegally. The move follows recent amendments to the Lacey Act in the United States, which makes importing, purchasing or selling wood that was illegally harvested in the country of origin a crime. For more information see:

Report Compares Carbon Offsets From Tree Planting to Fossil Fuel Reduction Offsets.
A new report by the David Suzuki Foundation compares the climate benefits of projects aimed at reducing fossil fuel emissions to those focused on planting trees.

The report concludes that “A tonne of carbon sequestered and stored in living plant biomass cannot be considered equivalent to a tonne of carbon left in the ground in the form of fossil deposits.” While the report does state that tree planting projects can have a range of ecological, economic and climatic benefits, it also states that “Carbon sequestration projects that transfer carbon from the atmosphere to biomass are vulnerable to the risk in perpetuity of that carbon returning to the atmosphere, and this risk will likely be increased in a warming world.”  The full report is available at:

Leading Scientists Join Pew Panel to Protect Boreal Forest
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has assembled leading scientists from around the world to form an advisory to council which will provide reports and other resources to governments, industry and other key stakeholder who will make decisions that affect the Canadian Boreal Forest.

Eight years ago, the Pew Center launched a substantial initiative aimed at preserving the Canadian Boreal Forest when scientist identified it as a key conservation priority. Part of the initiative includes promoting the Boreal Conservation Framework, which seeks to protect at least half of the Canadian Boreal Forest from development. The vision of the framework has been supported by a wide range of companies, and more than 1,500 scientists.

For more please see:

For more information about the Boreal Conservation Framework go to:


Industry News from Mills, Merchants & Printers

Domtar Joins Chicago Climate Exchange
Paper manufacturer Domtar has joined the Chicago Climate Exchange, North America's only legally binding, rules-based greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading system. The company has made a voluntary, legally binding commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions to 6% below 2000 levels by 2010. For more information see:



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: 

Tools In Development
GPI will soon be releasing several new tools. One set of tool will help those in the book industry gain a better understanding of where fiber in the book paper they are using is sourced from, and provide suggestions on how to ensure compliance with the recent amendments to the Lacey Act. The other tool will allow publishers to calculate the total potential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions associated with using more recycled paper, reducing energy use, reducing overproduction of books, and preventing discarded books from being landfilled. Contact us for more information about these tools, or check our website in the weeks ahead.

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




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