A decent roundup of the effort publishing’s making to go green. If I may be so bold as to offer another suggestion, one which may address this a few other problems we tackle regularly hereabouts: don’t publish so many books.
“Environmental Trends and Climate Impacts” is an 86-page summary, printed on 50% post-consumer recycled paper and full of charts about fiber, endangered forests and carbon footprints. The news: The book world, which uses up more than 1.5 million metric tons of paper each year, is steadily, if not entirely, finding ways to make production greener.
“I was very pleasantly surprised,” said Tyson Miller, founder and director of the Green Press Initiative, a nonprofit program which has worked extensively with publishers on environmental issues. “We’re seeing a groundswell of momentum and real measurable progress.”
Commercially, publishers have certainly discovered the benefits of green, with bestsellers including Deirdre Imus’ “Green This!” and Al Gore’s companion guide to the Academy Award-winning movie “An Inconvenient Truth.” Environmental themes can be found in novels, children’s stories and business books.
But reading books is healthier than making them. The climate impact survey, released this month and co-commissioned by Green Press and the nonprofit Book Industry Study Group, offers a mixed picture about industry practices.