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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Book Industry Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing Implementation Guidelines

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Publishers

Endorsing publishers will endeavor to:

  • Develop meaningful policies (within 6 months) consistent with the goals outlined in the Book Industry Treatise.

  • Encourage suppliers to produce papers with recycled, FSC certified, and alternative fiber possible with specifications that are consistent with existing consensus standards (coated: 10% postconsumer / uncoated: 30% postconsumer)

  • Work to better understand the fiber footprint and encourage mills to participate in regional conservation plans such as the Boreal Conservation Framework and conservation efforts in pulp an paper producing regions such as the U.S. Southeast, Indonesia, and South America.

  • Evaluate the environmental performance of suppliers.

  • By 2012, utilize an annual aggregate average of 30% recycled fiber (a majority to be postconsumer) and paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or equivalent certification system for 20% or greater of paper use.

  • Track use of postconsumer and preconsumer recycled, and FSC and other certified fiber used for books.

  • Identify books produced on paper which meets or exceeds accepted minimum environmental criteria for paper.

Mills

Endorsing mills will endeavor to:

  • By 2012, manufacture book paper with an average of 30% recycled fiber (majority to be postconsumer) or greater, provided there is sufficient market demand.

  • By 2012, manufacture paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or equivalent certification system for 20% of book paper produced, provided there is sufficient market demand.

  • Strive to meet or exceed the EPA’s minimum recycled content standards of 10% postconsumer content for coated grades and 30% postconsumer content for uncoated grades.

  • Track use of postconsumer and post-industrial (preconsumer) recycled, FSC certified, other certified, and alternative fiber for use in book paper.

  • Support the goals of regional conservation plans such as the Boreal Conservation Framework and conservation efforts in pulp an paper producing regions such as the U.S. Southeast, Indonesia, and South America.

  • Work in a cooperative manner with various stakeholders in an environment of transparency through efforts to provide accurate forest origin, forest certification, and chain-of-custody information.

Printers and Merchants

Endorsing printers and merchants will endeavor to:

  • Develop the stocking programs and scale to increase accessibility of environmentally responsible papers.

  • [Printers] By 2012, increase average annual utilization of recycled fiber, measured in tons, to a 30% level (majority postconsumer) and paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or equivalent certification system for 20% of paper used in book-related production.

  • [Merchants] By 2012, increase the average recycled content level (majority postconsumer) to 30% or greater and paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or equivalent certification system for 20% of paper used in book-related production (measured in annual sales).

  • Track increases in use of postconsumer and preconsumer recycled, and FSC certified, and other certified fiber for use in book paper.

Booksellers

Endorsing booksellers will endeavor to:

  • Utilize communication channels to educate readers about the value of books that are produced with environmental sensitivity.

  • In bookstores, at such time that there is a sufficient percentage of titles within a given product category that are readily identified as meeting minimum environmental criteria, consider implementing in-store awareness programs.

  • For online operations, where feasible, identify all titles that are produced on paper that meets minimum environmental criteria and originate from publishers with meaningful environmental policies.

June 2009

 

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