Sustainable Publishing

The following references are from the Green Press Initiative:

- An average book of 250 pages, selling 1 million copies requires 12,000 trees!

- On average, the US book industry uses less than 10% recycled fiber for its paper.

- Deforestation accounts for 25% of human caused CO2 emissions.

- Over the course of its lifecycle, post consumer recycled fiber requires 30-40% less energy than virgin fiber.

- Paper accounts for nearly 40% of the waste stream.

- 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.

- Globally, over 40% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper.

- 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.

And here is the most wonderful understanding of the roles of trees via an excerpt from Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway, http://www.chelseagreen.com/blogs/the-many-roles-of-a-tree/

As far as digital readers being more sustainable...not yet, for many reasons. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3908467/

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