In 2009, it was estimated that in the United States 32 million trees were used to produce books and the publishing industry was responsible for around 40 million metric tons of CO2. In recent years, publishers have been trying to become more sustainable: Penguin Random House has pledged that in 2020 100% of their paper will be sustainably sourced and have FSC certification.
What does FSC stand for?
The FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council, a global forest certification system.
How does FSC help the environment?
The FSC aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising on the social, ecological and economic rights of future generations. The FSC has certified 201,521,251 hectares of forest globally. These forests are managed in an eco-friendly way that also ensures the social and economic wellbeing of the local community.
What do FSC labels mean?
There are three FSC labels:
- FSC 100%
- FSC Mix
- FSC Recycled
1. FSC 100%
This label means that all of the timber and fiber in the product has been sourced from a FSC certified forest.
2. FSC Mix
These products include at least 70% FSC certified sources and/or reclaimed and recycled produce. The remainder comes from controlled sources. Controlled wood standards mean that the wood is found to have a low risk of being from a forests with high conservation values or include genetically modified trees.
3. FSC Recycled
Paper with the FSC recycled logo is guaranteed to come from reclaimed sources.
Publishing and Sustainability
Publishers are now more environmentally conscious than ever before and the success of ebooks is having a massive impact on the amount of paper used on books each year. Looking for the FSC label is just one way publishers and consumers can make sure the books we read don’t cost the earth.