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Children’s book publisher Scholastic gets more than half its paper from sustainable sources

Scholastic Inc. – the U.S. publisher of the popular Harry Potter and Hunger Games series – has announced that as of 2011, 53.3 percent of the paper they use came from sustainable forestry sources.

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Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and educational media. In January of 2008, they set a goal to increase the amount of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper purchased for their publications to 30 percent by 2012. They increased this goal to 35 percent in mid-2011.

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The 53.3 percent attained in 2011 puts them on track to surpass their sustainability goal for 2012.

The company has also set a goal to increase its use of recycled paper to 25 percent, of which 75 percent would be post-consumer waste, by 2012.

In total, for 2011, Scholastic purchased 79,485.5 tons of paper. Of this 42,357 tons were F.S.C.-certified, with 13,249 tons or 16.67 percent coming from recovered waste paper and 10,117 tons or 76.36 percent coming from PCW.

"Our accomplishments are the result of commitment and cooperation from both our staff and the many suppliers and mills that we work with on a daily basis. We hope that more manufacturers will recognize the importance of offering paper with high recycled and post-consumer content, making it easier for companies to conduct a more sustainable business," said Maureen O’ Connell, chief financial officer and chief administrative office of Scholastic. –EcoSeed Staff

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