HarperCollins Rolls Out New Paper Policy

The company is determined to cut all ties with paper sourced from forest destruction

HarperCollins recently made it public news that, in the aftermath of a green-oriented campaign carried out by the activists working with the Rainforest Action Network, it is to cut all ties with paper sourced from forest destruction.

As previously reported, the Rainforest Action Network made it quite clear that, according to the tests carried out by scientists who agreed to collaborate with this organization, most of the children's books HarperCollins intended to market during the winter holiday contained traces of rainforest fiber.

Following their going public with this information, the Rainforest Action Network demanded that HarperCollins green up its working agenda as soon as possible, and that it make sure its books could not in any way be linked to forest destruction.

According to Mongabay, these activists are first and foremost concerned about safeguarding tropical rainforests and old growth forests.

The rainforest fibers that the Rainforest Action Network managed to pin down in HarperCollins' children's books supposedly came from Indonesia.

Because of this, it need not come as a surprise that the company's official statement concerning this change in paper policies reads as follows:

“In the production of all HarperCollins books, we endeavor to eliminate the use of paper from controversial sources that may contain fiber from endangered and old-growth forest areas. HarperCollins prohibits sourcing from Indonesian tropical rainforests, old growth and/or endangered forests for our products.”

“All of the top ten US publishers in the country now recognize that customers will not accept books with paper that comes from the destruction of endangered rainforests. This is a seismic shift in an industry that just two years ago was rife with controversial paper,” the Rainforest Action Network commenting with respect to the announcement made by HarperCollins.

As explained on numerous occasions, illegal deforestations threaten global biodiversity and also foster social conflicts in various parts of the world, which is why they must be put an end to as soon as possible.

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