Environmental Sustainability

Authors back push to use straw pulp paper for books
March 21, 2013

With almost 10-million copies already sold and still a bestseller 12 years after it was first released, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi is the definitive opposite of a rare book. But there is a new edition of 350 signed copies currently housed in the office of a Vancouver environmental group that collectors will surely notice. That’s because the entire edition is printed on paper made in part from agricultural waste.

Martel enthusiastically joined fellow author Alice Munro, who signed 50 waste-based copies of Dear Life in the same cause: saving forests…

Report Shows Continued Environmental Improvement in U.S. Book Industry
March 13, 2013

A new report by the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC) and Green Press Initiative indicates that the U.S. book industry has continued to make progress towards reducing the environmental impacts of books including impacts on forests and climate change. Among the most notable findings was that paper producers who supply book papers reported using an average of 24% recycled fiber, almost a fivefold increase from 2004 when they were believed to be using around 5% recycled fiber.

National Wildlife Federation in collaborative effort with McGraw-Hill and NewPage to increase textbook recycling
January 8, 2013

Almost 40 percent of K-12 and higher education schools are storing or throwing away textbooks that are dated, damaged or have otherwise reached the end of their productive life, leaving significant potential to increase book recycling programs across the country, according to a new study by the National Wildlife Federation.

The report concludes more education about the benefits of textbook recycling is needed to help schools identify options for recycling of unused textbooks. While the report highlights a number of pilot textbook recycling programs being conducted by higher education institutions such as the University of Wyoming, Columbia College, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, there are few K-12 school districts participating in similar efforts.

A Partner in Green
July 1, 2012

Regular readers of this irregular environmental publishing column know that in January we told you about the Green Press Inititative's (GPI) new Environmentally Responsible Publisher Certification (ERPC).

The program gives publishers a way to gauge (and tout) their environmental responsibility. But what if you don't know where to start?

GPI has launched consulting services to help publishing companies acquire the tools they need to become environmentally responsible.

New 'Green' Publishing Certification
January 1, 2012

In January, the Green Press Initiative (GPI)—a nonprofit that works with the book and newspaper publishing industries to conserve natural resources, announced its long-awaited Environmentally Responsible Publisher Certification (ERPC). Not unlike the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification for buildings, the GPI's program offers publishers tiers—bronze, silver and gold—for environmental achievement.

What's Greener? E-Readers or Print Books?
December 4, 2011

Dilemma: When it comes to reading, what's kinder to the environment - an e-reader or books?

Of course I'll: Stick with traditional books. Yes, they use paper and ink, but at least I don't need to plug them in.

Trade-off: There are carbon emissions in the production of books too, not to mention the loss of carbon-gobbling trees felled for paper.

Then I'll: Use the e-reader; as much as I read, it's bound to be a better choice over the long run.

Trade-off: At the rate technology evolves, the e-reader I buy today will probably be obsolete within a few years.

Book Manufacturer Edwards Brothers Inc. Earns PEFC Certification to Become Triple-Certified
November 18, 2011

Edwards Brothers announced that it has received chain-of-custody certification from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) for both its Ann Arbor and Lillington, North Carolina, offset manufacturing facilities.  Edwards Brothers now carries certifications from PEFC, the Forest Stewardship Council®, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® programs.

FutureMark Rolled Out North America's First High-Recycled Coated Paper for Books on America Recycles Day
November 17, 2011

On America Recycles Day, FutureMark Paper Company rolled out the first high-recycled premium coated paper produced in North America especially for textbooks, cookbooks, children’s books and other picture books requiring premium print fidelity. Scholastic, an innovative children’s publishing, education and media company, is among the environmentally progressive companies using Future Book paper

Domtar Releases New Wave of "Paper Because" Campaign
November 17, 2011

The Domtar Corporation's new "Paper Because" video series, which promotes the important role paper plays in our lives, relies on satire to highlight how using paper responsibly makes business sense and how it's also an environmentally sound choice.