Harry Potter Recycled, eh?
Sorry for the bad cliché. Those who are planning to buy the new tome of the Harry Potter saga on July 16th should consider ordering the 100% recycled-paper Canadian version. The American version, printed by Scholastic, it said to contain "some recycled paper", but the company won't say how much and it certainly is not 100%. The Canadian version can be found online by people south of the border and should cost about $2 more in shipping. Read on for an excerpt from a New York Times article about the campaign to get the publishing industry to start using more recycled paper.As part of a growing worldwide campaign that is prompting a shift in the publishing industry, environmental groups, including the National Wildlife Federation and Greenpeace, are asking Potter fans in the United States not to buy Scholastic's editions and instead to order the new title online from Canada, where the publisher, Raincoast Books, has printed the book on 100 percent recycled paper. Scholastic says it does use some recycled paper for its books, including the Potter series, but it would not divulge the amount.
Environmental groups have drawn a growing number of noted authors, including J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter's author; Alice Walker; Isabel Allende; Barbara Kingsolver; Margaret Atwood; Michael Ondaatje; and the Canadian short-story writer Alice Munro, into their crusade to promote greater use of recycled paper. Several organizations, including the Green Press Initiative, in Ann Arbor, Mich., are in talks with religious groups with licenses to publish versions of the Bible. [...]
The forest-friendly publishing movement has gained much traction recently, with more than 85 small and medium-sized publishers in the United States having signed on to the effort so far, and a few major publishers poised to go in this direction, according to the Green Press Initiative. In Canada, 85 publishers have joined, 75 percent of that country's literary publishers, Ms. Rycroft said, including large houses there like Raincoast Books, as well as Random House and Doubleday in Canada.
Update: I forgot to mention that we have posted something similar about the previous tome of the Potter series. You can read it here. And yes, borrowing a copy from the library or a friend probably is the most eco-friendly way to read this book.
Thanks to Dave Roberts of Gristmill for the tip!