Isabel Allende supporting our Book Campaign at the release of her latest book
The publishing company Random House Mondadori has printed
bestselling Chilean-born author Isabel Allende's new book 'Forest
of the Pygmies' paperback edition on 100 percent recycled paper and
the hardback on 30 percent Forest Stewardship Council paper. The publisher
has also has committed to printing all its youth books under its
Montena label on recycled paper by 2005.
"How great it is that my Spanish book is on Ancient Forest
friendly paper and that by doing so, I am playing a part in
protecting the world's ancient forests," says Isabel.
But she also added that she would like to see other publishers
around the world follow her example.
"I would like all my other publishers to follow the example set
by my Spanish publishers and use Ancient Forest friendly papers for
my books," she said.
Using Ancient Forest friendly paper doesn't only save trees - it
also saves water and electricity, reduces solid waste produced in
the publishing process, and reduces the amount of greenhouse gas
and other emissions released in the process.
Prologue of Isabel Allende's new book "El Bosque de los Pigmeos"
(Text translated from Spanish)
"I have always been committed to forest protection. It was not
in vain that I founded, together with Chilean personalities, the
ecological group 'Defenders of the Chilean Forest'. In all my
novels, especially this Trilogy, the ethical component and the
respect for nature and its inhabitants are repeated.
I supported the US campaign demanding that Chilean timber sold
in that country is certified according to the social and
environmental requirements of the ecological label FSC, with the
aim of preventing industrial pine plantations being substituted for
native forests of my country, which is still formed by virgin
forests that contain great biodiversity and cultural richness.
I want to show my most sincere appreciation to the ecological
organisation Greenpeace and the editorial group Random House
Mondadori for this initiative that benefits us all."
- Isabel Allende
The Book Campaign
This positive step by Random House Mondadori is the result of
collaboration with our Book Campaign that aims to encourage the
book publishing industry to stop sourcing paper linked to ancient
forest destruction and to start developing 'Ancient Forest
Isabel Allende is not the only well-known author working towards
reducing her work's impact on ancient forests. Famous writers such
as Margaret Atwood, JK Rowling, Ian Rankin and Günter Grass are
also having their books published on
ancient-forest friendly paper.
In the last few months, Italian publisher Einaudi has published
4 books on 100 percent recycled paper as a result of the Greenpeace
book campaign and 14 Dutch publishers, representing 75 percent of
the fiction market in the Netherlands, have committed to using
Ancient Forest friendly book papers. The UK publisher Bloomsbury
has also made initial steps by printing the paperback edition of
'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' on a part recycled
The Canadian edition of 'Harry Potter and the Order of the
Phoenix' helped save 'muggle' forests as it was printed on 100
percent post-consumer paper.
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More about Isabel Allende
Check out Isabel's website.