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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The Green Press Initiative and Book Industry Study Group Climate Impacts and Environmental Trends Report is now available.

The report highlights trends for a wide variety of environmental indicators for the book industry, and calculates, and breaks down the sources of the industry's greenhouse gas emissions. This groundbreaking report, which involved surveys of more than 95 publishers, printers and paper mills, also discusses the risks of using paper from controversial sources and highlights case studies of companies that are taking proactive measures to minimize their environmental impacts.

Use the order form below to purchase a copy of the report. You can also view a summary of findings.


Note: In the near future, Green Press Initiative will offer membership benefits which, in addition to other resources and services, will provide free access to reports such as the one available below. The full cost of this report will be applied towards membership fees for all companies that join when membership becomes available.



  • Hardcopy: $195
  • Single-use PDF: $195
  • Multi-use PDF: $395
  • PDF/Hardcopy Bundle: $225

Association Discount: If your company is a member of  a book industry trade association you may select an association rate which provides a 30% discount from the prices listed above.

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