Scholastic Ups Sustainability Efforts With New Paper Policy
Scholastic Corp., the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and a publisher of children’s magazines as well, last week unveiled a new paper policy. The company is setting goals to increase the percentage of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper and post-consumer waste (pcw) recycled paper it purchases. Scholastic announced a five-year goal to increase its publication paper purchase of FSC-certified paper to 30 percent and its use of recycled paper to 25 percent, of which 75 percent will be post-consumer waste.
“Our five-year goals for FSC-certified and recycled paper purchases are ambitious but achievable and important,” says Maureen O’Connell, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, Scholastic. “… Scholastic will strive to continue raising the bar for environmentally-sound policies and practices, including not only the use of FSC and recycled content in our paper products but also in the construction and maintenance of our headquarters and other facilities, and in helping to educate young people about caring for the environment.”
Under the new policy, the increase in the use of pcw fiber alone will result in a reduction of nearly 24 million pounds in green house gas emissions compared to the company’s paper usage in 2006.
The new policy also includes a commitment to help educate children about responsible environmental practices.