A new report, "Environmental Trends and Climate Impacts: Findings from the Book Industry," outlines the global warming impact of making and publishing books, and the state of the industry's green practices.
Here are some facts the Green Press Initiative and the Book Industry Study Group dug up:
The average book, which weighs less than one pound, is responsible for emitting 8.85 pounds of carbon dioxide. (A Toyota Prius, for comparison's sake, emits 4 tons in a year.
59% of book publishers that responded to the survey have completed or intended environmental policies
96% of publisher respondents have goals for increasing the use of recycled content
59% of respondents have policies on reducing electricity consumption and 41% have policies on sourcing renewable energy
Recycled content fiber in book paper at the mill level has increased sixfold in just three years from 2.5% in 2004 to 13.3% in 2007
Recycled fiber use by printers has increased tenfold from 2,100 tons in 2004 to over 19,000 tons in 2006
The U.S. industry lags behind Canada. 50% of U.S. publishers have implemented green strategies, whereas between 60% and 75% of Canadian publishers have.
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