Scholastic to use FSC-certified paper for last Harry Potter book

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For the release of its seventh and final Harry Potter book in the United States, Scholastic has purchased nearly 22 million pounds of paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council - it's the largest purchase of the paper to be used in a single book printing to date.

"Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows" is to be released by publisher and distributor Scholastic in July.

For the initial printing of 12 million copies of the book in the U.S, Scholastic has committed to making sure that 65 percent of the 16,700 tons of paper used is FSC certified, which means the paper comes from forestlands managed in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

All the paper used in the printing will contain at least 30 percent post-consumer waste fiber, which meets FSC standards.

The Rainforest Alliance is the world's largest certifier of forestlands to FSC standards. So far, more than 200 million acres of forestland have been certified in 58 countries.

The Alliance worked with Scholastic to develop its plan to purchase the FSC-certified paper. It has also agreed to continue to help the publisher refine its paper policies.

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