Every year, more than 4 million trees are used to produce educational books. Trees are vital to the environment in which we live by moderating climate, improving air quality, protecting the watershed and maintaining biodiversity. Beyond trees, the production of conventional paper today also uses a significant amount of energy and water, while releasing carbon dioxide emissions. The bottom line is that the environmental impact of producing books is tremendous, but there are ways to make a difference today.

Know your paper

Today, most educational textbooks and instructional materials used in K-12 and higher education are printed on conventional, or non-recycled paper – that is, paper made from trees.  A portion of these materials may contain paper with 10 percent recycled fiber – technically qualifying them to be labeled “recycled.”  High-recycled paper, however, is comprised of at least 90 percent recycled fiber and looks, feels and performs as well as the lower- or non-recycled options. If school systems across the United States made the switch to high-recycled paper, more than 4 million trees, nearly 2 billion gallons of water and 2.5 trillion BTUs of energy could be saved.

Learn more

Contact us to hear more about the benefits and availability of the latest breakthrough: FutureMark’s SIMRA (formerly NASTA) qualified, high-recycled (>90%) paper for textbooks and other educational materials.  Ask us for a print comparison to see the possibilities.