Lonely Planet is Committed to a Green Planet
Global travel guide Lonely Planet’s commitment to preserving the planet has received the recognition from the Forest Stewardship Council, thanks to its commitment to sustainable forestry. Based on an independent assessment conducted by SCS Global Services, the data found that more than 98 percent of the publisher’s materials are made with 100 percent FSC-certified paper.
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide publisher in the world with a portfolio of more than 500 titles published across nine languages. The company’s relationship with FSC certification dates back to 2008, when some of its print titles received this seal of sustainability guarantee. Since then, the company has been sourcing FSC-certified paper. Lonely Planet chose SCS, a FSC chain-of-custody accredited body, as its certifier in 2013.
"Our decision to source paper from responsibly-managed forests not only helps conserve valuable natural resources, but ensures that the destinations we love will be protected and continue to support communities and visitors for years to come," said Florian Poppe, Supply Chain Manager at Lonely Planet.
Other publishers have been embracing sustainable paper as well. Last year, Disney announced it would eliminate non-sustainable paper products from its operations, wherever possible. That includes its book publishing, which was the target of an environmental campaign when it transpire that Disney has been using virgin paper from rain forests.
Elsewhere, Harper Collins says on its website that 90% of the paper it purchased In 2012 was third-party certified. In 2012, the company began using FSC-certified paper for all books printed overseas.
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