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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January, 2011 Newsletter



GPI is ten years old this year! Read all the environmental progress over the past ten years. Ten Years of Success-

November – In case you haven’t seen Publishers Weekly’s  Nov. 22 green issue, you can read it here.

October-January – Following the Book Industry Environmental Council’s October roundtable to discuss the risks associated with pulp and paper from Indonesia, several publishers have taken strides towards eliminating fiber from Indonesia and controversial suppliers. GPI plans to work with the BIEC to hold a follow-up event in the coming month so that publishers can discuss their successes and challenges in eliminating endangered forest fiber from Indonesia.   

There is some urgency to this situation for U.S. publishers according to further fiber research that has been done on books tested by WRI. See the news item below. To help protect against Lacey Act violations, please take advantage of GPI resources for publishers sourcing papers overseas.

E-readers – GPI recently completed a synthesis of various analysis of the environmental impacts of e-readers as they compare to printed books. Much of the environmental impact of an E-reader depends on the user’s behavior and while there is still a need for greater transparency from manufacturers of E-readers, there seems to be some consensus about how many paper books would need to be read to offset the environmental impacts of E-readers. Read the full report.

Request – GPI is currently compiling a list of book recyclers as an added resource for publishers and others. If you know of reputable firms, please contact with the information. Thanks.

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

Friesens Corporation
New World Library
Chelsea Green Publishing
Cascades Fine Papers
Book Publishing Company
Ave Maria Press
Melcher Media
Corvus Recycling LLC
Baker Publishing Group
Hachette Book Group


In The News

Jan 2011 – the Environmentally Friendly Printing Association recently launched, increases the list of printers developing proprietary certifications. These certifications need to be reviewed closely to see if they at least meet the standards as stated in the Book Industry Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing. Some are being developed for marketing purposes solely and point to the need for a industry –wide certification like GPI’s Green Publisher Certification and eco label to be implemented in 2011.

Jan 2011 – Georgia Pacific, one of largest producers of paper and wood products, agreed to stop purchasing wood from endangered forests and pine plantations in the southern U.S., the largest source of wood and paper production in the world. Although GP does not produce book paper, it is a model conservation agreement. Read more.

Dec 2010 – After three years of study of forest management certification schemes, US Green Building Council (USGBC) decided to continue to award credits under its popular Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program only to wood certified to the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) tough environmental and social standards. More here

Nov 2010 – World Resources Institute sampled U.S. paper products including children’s and coffee table books. The book papers tested were shown to have fibers from protected Indonesian tree species. That fact puts them in violation of the Lacey Act. All actors in the supply chain, including importers, publishers, and retailers can be liable under the Lacey Act. Penalties can include forfeiture of goods, fines of up to $500,000 and in some cases jail time. To review the Lacey Act and steps for preventing liability read the article.



Jan 2011 – Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program supports pulp and paper mills in making environmental improvements. This could be good news for U.S. publishers who are seeking to increase their use of recycled paper, as it could result in a greater supply and/or reduced costs from these Canadian mills. Read more.

Green Printer listing update – GPI recently surveyed printers for an update of eco papers and options including color and POD capabilities. If your printer is not on the list you can add it by completing the survey available at:

Finding recycled paper at POD printers – GPI will be urging the larger POD printers to provide more recycled content options. In the meantime, check GPI’s latest listing for those printers that offer POD and recycled options. At the very least, ask POD printers to supply papers that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

November – Cascades Fine Papers Group received a 2010 Boreal Award during the annual gala presented by the Boreal Leadership Council and the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI), for its contribution to the safeguard and sustainable development of the Boreal Forest, namely its manufacturing of recycled papers. Read more.


Tools & Resources

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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