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Publishers go green

More and more French publishing houses are using recycled paper or environmentally friendly paper.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 16:26 IST

Increasing numbers of French publishing houses are using recycled paper or environmentally friendly paper, environmentalists and industry experts said on the sidelines of the Paris Book Fair which ends on Wednesday.

"Things have really developed in the past year. Editors are more receptive to the idea," said Francois Chartier from the environmental organisation Greenpeace which has appealed to publishers to be more environmentally aware during the book fair.

The French edition of the sixth volume in the popular schoolboy magician series Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince published by Gallimard in September was brought out on environmentally-friendly paper.

 

"Some 2,000 tonnes of paper was needed for the print run of this book and Gallimard had to appeal to five different suppliers because there was so little environmentally friendly paper available in France," said Chartier.

Another publisher, Actes Sud, has been printing its paperback collection Babel on environmentally-friendly paper since January and uses recycled paper for company letters.

"Our role is now to increase awareness among our suppliers so they can meet this demand along with our demand for price and quality," said company spokeswoman Dorothee Xainte.

Other publishing houses are bowing to the wishes of their authors.

"If the editors aren't really bothered about the issue, it's up to the authors to force things," said young writer, Aurelie Filippetti, whose novel has just been published by Stock on environmentally-friendly paper "at my specific request."

Recycled paper consumes much less water and energy during production, requires 25 times fewer chemicals and causes six times less pollution, according to the Swiss branch of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

Greenpeace is now hoping to convince the publishers of schoolbooks to convert to environmentally friendly paper.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 15:26 IST