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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Companies that are seeking to reduce their social and environmental impacts must
embrace the precautionary principal and replace products and practices that may cause harm to people and the environment, with those that are known to minimize such impacts.

There are four broad categories that encompass the solutions necessary to minimize the unwanted social and environmental consequences of publishing books and newspapers. They are:

You can click on the links above to learn more about each of these solutions, and the social and environmental benefits that will arise if they are more widely embraced by the publishing industry. Please also look at the the Action Steps specific to your sector, which can help advance these solutions.



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