HarperCollins To Print on FSC-certified Paper
LONDON --November 22, 2005--HarperCollins U.K. has announced that it will be printing all its hardback monochrome books and trade paperbacks on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) from January 2006.
This is the first time a major publishing house in the U.K. will produce such a high proportion of its books on environmentally responsible paper, as opposed to individual titles. According to the company, the FSC logo is the only way to ensure that the virgin fiber used in the paper comes from environmentally and social responsible sources.
HarperCollins Publishers is also ensuring that as much of the paper as possible used in its own offices—in London, Glasgow and Cheltenham—is environmentally responsible. All catalogs are now printed on recycled paper, all letterhead, compliment slips and business cards will use recycled or FSC-certified paper and all the photocopier/printer paper used throughout the company will be FSC-certified.
Victoria Barnsley, CEO and publisher, says: "As a major purchaser of paper, HarperCollins is committed to playing a responsible role in protecting the environment. We believe that actions speak louder than words and are determined to be an industry leader in this, and have made a terrific start on implementing our ambitious plans."
HarperCollins has also adopted a new paper-purchasing policy that sets out its ongoing progress toward totally phasing out paper from ancient and endangered forests, and toward ancient-forest-friendly solutions like recycled and FSC-certified paper for all of its books. HarperCollins has worked with the Greenpeace Book Campaign to develop this policy.
Greenpeace Campaigner Belinda Fletcher says, "We very much welcome the progress that HarperCollins has made both in developing an ancient forest friendly procurement policy and the proactive steps they are taking in making this policy a reality. We very much hope other publishers will follow their lead."
The FSC paper is produced and supplied by Arctic Paper, which manufactures a range of FSC-certified uncoated and coated papers. The majority of paper supplied is from the Munken book paper range.