Just in time for the biggest shopping season of the year Black Friday, Rainforest Action Initiative (RAN) has released information that is aimed at helping consumers make greener choices when it comes to purchasing books. Their guide ‘Rainforest-Safe Kids’ Books: How Do Publishers Stack Up’ is a report plus consumer guide that lists out book publishers that are not linked to social conflict, Indonesian rainforest destruction and global warming in any way.
This move was inspired by a report that came out early this year which pointed out that many children’s books that are being sold in the US are printed in different places in Asia on paper that is linked to rainforest destruction in Indonesia.
RAN has also included a pocket guide for shoppers who are environmentally conscious, which can be downloaded.
Eleven of the USA’s biggest children’s book publishers have been examined and ranked in the guide, based on factors like paper policies and their purchasing practices.
The rainforests in Indonesia are home to several unique species, which are facing a huge threat due to the deforestation caused by paper companies.
Several book publishers have taken active steps to ensure that they are not purchasing or printing on paper that is causing destruction to he rainforest.
Armed with this list, families who wish to make green living and buying a part of their children’s lives too, can easily choose publishers who are not contributing to environmental destruction.
Book companies that have got a positive recommendation in the guide include the Hachette Book Group, Houghton Miffin Harcourt, MacMillan, the Penguin Group (Pearson), Scholastic and Simon & Schuster.