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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August, 2010 Newsletter


Upcoming Events

Aug 26 & 27- Shannon Binns of Green Press is participating in the Mainstream Media Project's efforts to bring new voices and views to the airwaves- Catch Shannon's interviews this week about If Sustainable Paper Manufacturing Is Possible on Thursday Aug 26th at 3pm with host Kim Dobson @ (dial 89.3FM if you're in Olympia, WA) and Friday Aug 27th at 9:15am with host Larry Rossini @ (96.5FM if you're in Sarasota, FL)

Sept 15 -Bookbuilders West will conduct a seminar at San Francisco State University Downtown Campus called, Beyond Books: Digital Media in the Print World. Check out their website for more details.


GPI News

Printing in Asia: GPI held a webcast in July for nearly 100 participants on the challenges of printing in Asia and impacts on Indonesian forests and communities. Panelists included World Wildlife Federation and the Rainforest Action Network. Contact Todd Pollak for advice about using GPI’s Overseas Paper Risk Assessment tool.

You can also view the presentations: Webcast Slides, Webcast Recording

Resources for publishers sourcing in Asia

Book Business Webinar On Sustainability in the Book Market: Green Press and Scholastic were panelists on a Book Business moderated webinar on a range of environmental topics. To view the presentations or download slides click here.

Interested in Improving Environmental Performance? Green Press provides assistance to companies ready to reduce their ecological footprint From policy development to supply chain analysis and research, we are grant funded and here to help. Join over 225 publishers and twenty printers in making meaningful change. Contact  for more information.

GPI speakers for green publishing events – Check out the new Environmental Paper Network speakers bureau to read about GPI’s Todd, Shannon and Tyson as potential speakers for your book and newspaper related gatherings. See EPN's website for more information.

Welcome GPI members and members who have renewed this Summer 2010!
Thanks for your support:

Free Spirit Publishing Inc
Ojai Quarterly                       
TLS Graphics
Source Online Bookstore
Yurchak Printing, Inc.           
B Brothers Press, Ltd.           
Reference Desk Press, Inc.
InterVarsity Press
Wesleyan University Press

AMCO Intl Education Services inc.
Amber Lotus Publishing
Arissa Media Group
Leucrota Press
University of Iowa Press
River Birch Publishing
University of Wisconsin Press
Mercer University Press
Nova Publishing Company

On  Facebook and Twitter, we profile GPI member success stories. Please join and send us your eco publishing victories in production, marketing, and manufacturing, etc. Membership helps GPI to continue helping the industry make environmental improvements.  You can see a list of members and join at For renewals, contact

Book Industry Environmental Council Update
Though it’s been a while since the last full Book Industry Environmental Council Meetings, the committees for each of the BIEC’s four priority areas have had a number of calls and have been making progress. Below is a brief update from each of the committees.

Eco labeling Committee: The eco label committee has been working hard to discuss and address the comments that were submitted during the public commenting period. As a result of the comments the committee will propose a number of changes that will be discussed and voted upon at the fall BIEC meeting (Late Oct or early Nov -date to be determined) in NYC.

Climate Committee: The climate committee is working to update website content, and develop sector-specific guides for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The committee will also likely plan a webcast in near future to help book industry stakeholders reduce their companies’ climate impacts.

Returns and Landfills Committee: The returns committee has collected some data and has identified further research needs. A consultant will soon be hired to conduct much of this research that will identify key areas where the BIEC has the greatest opportunities to reduce the number of books in landfills.

Tracking Committee: Surveys are nearly complete. The Tracking committee has decided to pilot the surveys with BIEC members starting this fall, and will set a goal of sending the surveys out to the full industry in the spring of 2011.


In The News

7-12 Forest Stewardship Council announced the revised FSC-US Forest Management Standard for forest operations in the contiguous U.S. The revised standard merges nine regional standards into one national standard to reduce complexity and improve efficiencies in the management and auditing process. The Revisions also make certification more attainable for small forest landowners.

7-22 - A proposed tax break for green printing was drafted and released by Print Buyers Online. A few of the 15 criteria for paper include:  must contain 25% to 50% postconsumer waste, must be PCF or TCF, must be FSC or SFI certified, inks must emit no more than 2% VOCs, and others. Full details are available here.
Paper buyers - View the Environmental Paper Network’s new video called Turning the Page to learn about the movement, its progress and why it matters to you.



The gap between corporate leaders’ sustainability aspirations and what actually gets done is examined in a Deloitte report Sustainability in Business Today: A Cross-Industry View The survey indicates the importance of sustainability to the future of the respondents’ businesses.
New research shows changes of land use and land cover in eastern US forests.
The analysis documents a reverse in the trend toward increased forest cover in the Eastern US, showing recent decline of more than 4%, caused by timber cutting cycles, urbanization, mining, and reservoir construction that offset gains from grass- and shrubland and agriculture. This is important because it suggests that consumption of forest products is contributing to this decline and underscorses the importance of sustainable forest management like FSC. Read the full article at this link.


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


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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