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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November, 2010 Newsletter



On October 21, the Book Industry Environmental Council hosted a roundtable for U.S. publishers and Asian printers and print brokers to discuss the risks associated with pulp and paper from Indonesia. Attendees participated in discussion groups to identify opportunities and steps needed for both publishers and printers to reduce impacts on Indonesia’s forests. Read more at

Resources for publishers sourcing in Asia:

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

Hachette Book Group
Beezer and Boomer
Epicenter Press
Georgetown University Press
Island Press
Redleaf Press
Association of American University Presses
Rodro Books
University of North Carolina Press
Melcher Media
Ave Maria Press
Harvard University Press


In The News

Lacey Act enforcement is picking up steam and there have been a couple high profile seizures of illegal wood products in recent months. When purchasing paper products, publishers should exercise “due care”, the legal term for exercising the level of appropriate action to minimize the risk of purchasing plant products that were harvested or traded illegally. More on “due care” at To assess the risk of various fiber sources, consult GPI’s risk spreadsheet

October 21 – Book designers and graphic artists may participate in the new Sustainable Design Auditing Project, a working group tasked with developing open-source metrics for measuring the environmental, social and economic impacts of the graphic design supply chain. To participate, go to



October 4 – Webcom announced a new production program called BookFWD™ Webcom says the program can transform the way their publishing customers print and manage the distribution of books, directories and catalogs. In its press release webcom states that the new technology can reduce wasted paper, VOC emissions and energy use. For more information see

Oct 28 – The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Paper Calculator at, used widely by the government, businesses and organizations to help quantify the benefits of environmentally-preferable paper, will become part of the Environmental Paper Network (EPN) in January. EPN and EDF are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition, and users of the calculator will not notice any difference in the functionality of the calculator during the transition. The url and associated links from that site will remain the same.

5 Reasons Businesses should Care about Sustainability: A recent article makes a great case for why businesses should care about sustainability even in tough economic times. Though the article focuses on small business, the reasons they provide are equally applicable to businesses of all sizes. Read the article here.



Terrachoice ( has released their 2010 Greenwashing report. Check out the 7 Deadly Sins of Greenwashing in the 31 page report at here.


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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