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Book Publishers Go Green To Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

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The publishing industry first became possible when Johannes Gutenberg created his printing press in Germany during 1440. The ability to disseminate widespread information quickly changed everything and the world has never been the same. As the publishing industry grew, so did its carbon footprint. In the United States alone, the publishing industry uses about 32 million trees annually to make books. On top of that, producing books emits over 40 million metric tons of C02 each year. 

Around the mid 2000s, the publishing industry took a hard look at the environmental impact it was creating. Book publishing has been designated as the third largest industrial greenhouse emitter when it comes to pulp and paper. This is problematic when it comes to waste management because 40 percent of solid waste in landfills is in fact paper. Many publishing houses assessed their environmental impact and decided to turn a new leaf.