AAP Unveils New Environmental Handbook
Feb. 29, 2008—The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has unveiled its new “Handbook on Book Paper and the Environment.” The “Handbook” was developed by the AAP’s Paper Issues Working Group to assist publishers in navigating issues related to the development of environmental sustainability practices within the book publishing industry.
Among the topics covered in the “Handbook” are recycling, including pre- and post-consumer recycled fiber distinctions; forestry certification standards; “chain of custody”; issues facing paper and recycling manufacturers; global practices and economic impacts; and “green” production efforts. The “Handbook” also contains a Frequently Asked Questions section and organizational contact information.
According to the AAP, the “Handbook” is the first of its kind to address a range of environmental issues in the context of the book publishing industry, and reflects more than two years of extensive consultations and discussions with organizations representing a broad spectrum of interests. These organizations—which addressed a host of governmental, commercial and environmental issues as they relate to book-paper production and the environment—included environmental advocacy groups, forest certification and standards bodies, environmental industry consortiums and associations, economists, paper mills and others.
To request a copy of the “Handbook on Book Paper and the Environment” or for additional information, e-mail Tina Jordan at TJordan@Publishers.org.