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 www.bookcouncil.org/roundtable.html
Resources for publishers sourcing in Asia: www.greenpressinitiative.org/impacts/indonesiaforests.htm
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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 www.forestlegality.org. To assess the risk of various fiber sources, consult GPI’s risk spreadsheet www.greenpressinitiative.org/documents/riskassessment.xls
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 www.re-nourish.com/?l=SDAP-signup
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 www.webcomlink.com.
Oct 28 – The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Paper Calculator at www.papercalculator.org, 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 www.papercalculator.org 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.
NEW RESEARCH AND REPORTS
Terrachoice (www.terrachoice.com) 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 www.greenpressinitiative.org/action/suppliers.htm
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