President’s Message: On Recycling, Rebinding, and More

June 2005
by Kent Sturgis

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Green Publishing Update

As of the first of May, 140 North American publishers, including my Epicenter Press, had made nonbinding pledges to use more recycled paper with increasing percentages of post—consumer content over the next three to five years. We have associated ourselves with the Green Press Initiative (GPI), based in Ann Arbor, MI, and with Markets Initiative, its sister organization in Canada. As some of you may remember, my December column focused on organizations that GPI says seek “to create paper-use transformations that will conserve natural resources and preserve endangered forests.”

Our experience has been an eye-opener. Since the first of the year, we have published one new title and reprinted eight titles on recycled, acid-free text paper with 100 percent post—consumer content (PCC). We found price parity when we went to a recycled sheet for the new title and actually saw small decreases in the cost of the eight reprints. We printed with Transcontinental, one of a growing number of North American printers that stock recycled papers.

According to a list on the Green Press Initiative Web site, the following printers stock recycled papers with at least 30 percent PCC for uncoated text stock and 10 percent PCC for coated and cover stock:

AGM V Marquis; Capital City Press; Edwards Brothers; Friesens; Houghton Boston; Integrated Book Technologies; Lightning Source; Malloy; Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group;…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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