Book manufacturers: Going green
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Book manufacturers have been moving in a “green” direction for several years, giving more thought to conservation and the use of recycled materials. Lately, as book publishers and consumers have increasingly been expecting such practices, the green movement has taken on new momentum.
“Consumers look for the use of recycled paper,” says Tad Parker, president of New Hampshire-based Odyssey Press. “Our [publishing] clients are very interested in it. From a corporate perspective it seems to be a very hot area.”
Odyssey has long been an environmental leader, embracing initiatives such as Forest Stewardship Counsel (FSC) certification, which allows the printer to participate in supply chain processes recognized as having a minimal impact on the planet.
“FSC is a method of certifying that the materials you are using have been grown, procured and treated in an environmentally sustainable way,” Parker explains. “In the paper business in particular, [it demonstrates] the materials used in the creation of the paper were done in a way that was not environmentally harmful.”
Any product bearing an FSC logo must flow through an FSC-certified “chain of custody” – from forest to paper manufacturer, merchant and printer. Publishers, retailers and consumers know that FSC-branded materials are sourced legally from forests managed in a sustainable fashion, without damage to sensitive ecosystems.
“Everyone has to be FSC certified or the chain is broken, from the guy who’s cutting the trees to the pulpers to the paper makers to the merchants to the printers,” Parker says. “If publishers supply paper to us and want to use an FSC logo, because they own that paper, they [also] have to be certified.”
FSC is one of three major supply chain certification programs run through nonprofits (the others are the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). As the most widely adopted program in the U.S., FSC provides a clear path to sustainability and brands companies as having made a major commitment to green practices. The cost of entry is high, however, in order to cover the yearly audits that give the designation teeth. Participants also must follow specific inventory and administrative practices to allow for inbound and outbound materials tracking.