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,

As far as digital readers being more sustainable...not yet, for many reasons.

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