Greening the Book Industry – Publishing’s Impacts on Indonesian Forests etc

Most of us don’t consider the ‘greenness’ of the books that we buy and read, or magazines, yet they consume vast amounts of paper, most of it from virgin timber stands — tropical, no less. I have a small publishing company ( and my one and only book from it was printed on 100 recycled paper – no trees were cut for the pages in the book. Can’t same the same for the cover or the hard cover binding. sigh. But I had to walk my talk and this was in 2002. There were absolutely no groups focused then on encouraging the publishing world to be more environmentally conscious. Since then several groups have emerged to work on greening the publishing industry. Thank god for them.

I just received this email today regarding this effort. Read on…

Reducing the Book Industry’s Impacts on Indonesia’s Communities and Forests

Please join us at a symposium and roundtable to discuss actions book publishers and their suppliers can take to ensure that book papers are not negatively impacting Indonesia’s critical rainforests and the communities that depend on them. The symposium is sponsored by the Book Industry Environment Council (BIEC) and will bring together experts, publishers, Asian printers and print brokers to present and discuss the most recent information regarding pulp and paper from Indonesia. Participants will identify and discuss Participants will identify and discuss issues, strategies and tools to reduce impacts. Sample contract language for purchase orders will be presented, as well as a variety of resources for identifying potentially harmful papers.

This event is intended for U.S. publishers, Asian printers, and print brokers who represent Asian Printers. Publishers are encouraged to forward this invitation on to Asian printers and print brokers with whom they do business.
Event Details:
Date:     Thursday October 21st, 2010
Time:     9:00am to 1:00pm

Location:     Hachette Book Group Corporate Offices
13th Floor
237 Park Ave
New York, NY
Enter on Lexington between 45th and 46th St.

Certainly seems like a good reason to read ebooks but then again, it kinda scares me the environmental costs of another techno-gadgetry. Let’s hear it for libraries and friends who loan books and the publishers who go the extra mile to be green and use recycled paper… indeed.

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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