The Forest Stewardship Council is the only certification system that requires a consensus solution when conflicts arise between logging companies and indigenous communities.

More than 140 publishers, including many of the world’s largest, have strong environmental policies.

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.

Each pound of postconsumer recycled fiber that replaces a ton of virgin fiber prevents the release of 2,108 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions.

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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Solutions - Reducing Paper Use


If all businesses were to reduce their office paper use by 10%, 540,000 tons of paper would be conserved and the emissions of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases would be prevented—equivalent to pulling 280,000 cars off the road for a year. Below are some suggestions for reducing paper consumption.

  • Avoid printing emails, manuscripts, and other documents. If possible read these electronically.

  • Consider purchasing software that will allow more business to be conducted electronically without the need for printing.

  • Set faxes and printers to print double sided.

  • Publisher should consider reducing the weight of the paper they are printing on unless this will negatively impact recycled fiber targets.



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