Saturday, March 07, 2009

paper impact

As publishers our major impact on the environment is the paper we use in books. We're a comparatively small user of paper though - much more is used in photocopiers and and much much more in disposable catalogues (which are "recyclable" as is noted cheekily on the covers of most). Still that's not an excuse and we reckon at black dog we need to use paper responsibly so we're working to coming to an understanding of how the paper we use impacts on the environment. 

It would be easy to make a bromide green statement on our website but we've held off doing that till we can say something that has some content. At the moment we're exploring our paper options among other things. (We do do all the usual things around the office: green electricity, turning lights off when not needed, recycling paper, printing double sided where appropriate etc.)

 All the paper we use with Australian printers is from sustainable sources and where possible is PEFC and FSC certified and we endeavour to print on FSC papers when we print overseas.

The main impact that paper has is though the trees cut down for conversion into paper, the water consumed in making paper and the chemicals released in the production of the paper (which can be quite nasty).

Here are some useful links:

2 comments:

Rebekka said...

It's good to hear publishers are at least thinking about the issue.

Andrew's black dog blog said...

We've been digging deeper and the deeper you dig the harder it is to say something definite about the paper we are using. "Sustainable" for example doesn't mean very much, nor does "sustainable forest". And it is hard to account for each and every fibre in the paper that is used. If a paper is 90% plantation-timber and 10% recycled , then some of that recycled might have originated in an old-growth forest. Then it can't be said on the imprint page (for certain) that no old growth forest timber has been used in the paper in this book. In a global society tracing the chain of custody is complicated.