Scholastic Increases Use of FSC, PCW Papers

Scholastic, the children's publishing, education and media company, said it has made progress toward the company-wide goal of strengthening its sustainable paper procurement practices and increasing the percentage of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled paper purchased. In January of 2008, the company announced goals for 2012 to increase its purchase of FSC-certified paper for its publications to 30 percent and its use of recycled paper to 25 percent, of which 75 percent would be post-consumer waste.

In 2008, Scholastic purchased 89,378 tons of paper of which 17,608 tons, or 19.7 percent, was FSC-certified, up from 4 percent in 2007. In addition, 13,496 tons, or 15.1 percent, of the paper purchased was produced from recovered fiber, up from 13 percent in 2007, and of that amount, 11,258 tons, or 83 percent, was produced from PCW fiber, up from 77 percent in 2007.

"In just one year, the Scholastic manufacturing team made impressive progress toward achieving our paper procurement goals, while still carefully managing our costs," said Maureen O'Connell, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer. "The company remains keenly focused on achieving our 2012 goals and continuing to be an industry leader for environmentally responsible practices."

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