Children's Book Publisher to Use More FSC Certified and Recycled Paper

Sept. 8, 2010 - Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, said that continued progress has been made toward the company-wide goal of strengthening its sustainable paper procurement practices and increasing the percentage of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled paper purchased.

In January of 2008, Scholastic announced goals for 2012 to increase its purchase of FSC-certified paper for its publications to 30% and its use of recycled paper to 25%, of which 75% would be post-consumer waste.

According to Scholastic, due to a reduction in the amount of paper it purchased in 2009, combined with the loss of an FSC supplier, the amount of FSC-certified paper was slightly reduced from 2008. However, Scholastic said that it found tonnage to replace the lost source in 2010 and anticipates a steady improvement in the coming year.

In 2009, Scholastic purchased 70,279.2 tons of paper of which 12,121 tons, or 17.25%, was FSC-certified, up from 3.6% in 2007. In addition, 13,920 tons, or 19.8%, of the paper purchased was produced from recovered fiber, up from 13.5% in 2007, and of that amount, 11,078 tons, or 79.6%, was produced from PCW fiber, up from 80.7% in 2007.

"In our second year of work toward our paper procurement goals, we continued to make progress and position ourselves as an industry leader in environmentally responsible practices," said Maureen O’Connell, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of Scholastic. "We are well on our way to achieving the goal we aim for in 2012, and we anticipate that 2010 will bring us even closer to it."

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media.

SOURCE: Scholastic