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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Tools & Resources: Textbooks



Call for Responsible Paper in Textbooks

Textbooks are a foundation for learning throughout all grade levels and paper is a key material which supports this process. Given that the virtues of education are meant to cultivate productive and responsible future citizens, it is logical that the paper used in textbooks be produced with the utmost of social and environmental integrity.

Please join other educational stakeholders in calling on publishers of textbooks and other educational materials to minimize their environmental and social impacts.

Take Action: Support the Statement

By filling out the required fields below, you or your organization are formally endorsing the statement titled A Call for Responsible Paper in Textbooks. This statement supports the goals outlined in the Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use.

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This statement calls on textbook publishers to reduce environmental and social impacts by maximizing their use of post-consumer recycled and FSC certified fiber

Benefits of Recycled Fiber Using post-consumer recycled fiber not only requires fewer trees, but is also reduce the amount of paper that degrades in landfills. As paper degrades, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas with 21 times the heat trapping power of carbon dioxide. Each ton of recycled fiber that replaces virgin fiber will conserve:

  • 17 to 24 trees
  • 2,208 to 3,206 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of water

Benefits of FSC certified Fiber The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is widely accepted as the best-practice standard for forest management and for certified forest products such as wood or paper. The key principles which set FSC apart from other forest certifications systems include:

  • FSC ensures adequate protections for Endangered and High Conservation Value Forests
  • FSC ensures that biodiverse forests have not been and will not be converted to plantations
  • FSC adequately respects and integrates social concerns including the rights of indigenous communities
  • FSC significantly reduces clear-cut size and chemical use



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