: Magazine : Back
Issues : Sept / Oct 2003 : Special
Section : The Equator Principles
Harry Potter Goes Green in Canada
Canadian edition of the bestseller Harry Potter and the Order of
the Phoenix was printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free
paper. By printing such a wildly popular book with recycled paper
stock, Raincoast Books is showing how being ecologically responsible
doesnt take magic. It takes initiative.
The greening of the fifth book in the Harry Potter series is part
of a broader effort by publishers and writers in Canada and the
U.S., led by the Markets Initiative, to increase the use of environmentally
friendly papers in their books. So far, 35 Canadian and 20 U.S.
publishers have made formal commitments to use recycled and other
environmentally preferable papers, and millions of forest-friendly
books have been printed on such paper in Canada during the past
Environmental Defense helped calculate the environmental savings
of this new Harry Potter book:
* 29,640 trees or a forest area of 40 acres;
* 12,417,986 gallons of water, the same as 31 filled Olympic- sized
* 1,396,732 pounds of solid waste;
* 20,248 BTUs of electricity, the same as 195 years of electricity
used by the average American home;
* 2,679,548 pounds of greenhouse gases, or the same as 2.4
million miles traveled by a car with average fuel efficiency.
One Tree = How Much Paper?