Sunday, 28 August 2011

Paper Sourcing at Igloo Books

Deforestation is a worldwide environmental issue. It results in the destruction of irreplaceable communities of plants and animals, as well as contributing to climate change, increased flooding risks and decimation of the livelihoods of the native peoples who live in forested areas. Some more of the background to this problem is described in this recent post.

Feeling unable to buy an interesting book because there was no evidence that it had been printed on paper made from sustainably grown trees, BFTF sent off the email below:
Dear Igloo Books,
I'm hoping you can provide some information on your policy regarding the paper used in your publications.

Some years ago, I decided to stop buying new books as I did not want to be supporting the destruction of the worlds natural forests to produce the paper used in these publications. Instead, I started buying second hand and from charity shops.

I recently saw a interesting book published by yourselves at my local ASDA, but could not see any indication that it was printed on sustainable sourced paper. As a result, I had to put the book back on the shelf, with something of a heavy heart it has to be said.

Only a minute earlier, I had put a copy of Bill Bryson's "At Home" in my shopping basket, safe in the knowledge that it was printed on FSC certified paper (I mention this in the hope that it provides evidence that my intention to buy an Igloo publication was not an idle threat).

So my question to you is : Is the paper used in Igloo Books publications sustainable sourced (ideally with some kind of third party verification such as being FSC certified)?

Dear Reader, perhaps we are all to ready to complain about things and not ready enough to tell organisations when they are doing THE RIGHT THING.

If you know of a company that is behaving in a particularly ethical manner, why not let them know it?

This kind of action has a number of benefits.
a) Obviously, it helps protect the worlds forests.
b) It is an area where the Muslim community can find common ground with wider society, rather than just campaigning on issues of self-interest.
c) If the leaders of the Muslim community were to get behind actions like this, and recommend them to the congregations at Friday prayers, it would encourage the Muslim community to see this kind of action as being something that Muslims should do.

It would be great to hear what you think, or what response you have had when pursuing this kind of action

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