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HarperCollins leads the green publishing way

HarperCollins will become the first major UK publishing house to print all its hardback monochrome books and trade paperbacks on environmentally responsible paper.

From January 2006, the publisher will use paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) after working with the Greenpeace Book Campaign to develop its new policy.

HarperCollins chief executive officer and publisher Victoria Barnsley said: “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.”

The FSC logo is the only way to ensure that the virgin fibre used in the paper comes from environmentally and socially responsible sources as HarperCollins seek to phase out paper from ancient and endangered forests.

Greenpeace campaigner Belinda Fletcher said: “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 company is also ensuring that as much of the paper as possible at its offices in London, Glasgow and Cheltenham is environmentally responsible.

All catalogues, letterheads, compliment slips, business cards and photocopier/printer paper will use recycled or FSC certified paper.

It will be produced and supplied by Arctic Paper who manufactures a range of FSC-certified uncoated and coated papers.

Arctic Paper UK managing director Simon Ricketts said: “It seems only natural that Arctic Paper should be chosen to work in partnership with HarperCollins, as we are totally focused on continually improving the paper quality and environmental impact on today’s publishing market.”

The HarperCollins production and purchasing team has also pledged to continue to negotiate with existing suppliers and paper mills to keep the pressure on to increase the volume of environmentally responsible book paper.

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