Baker Publishing Group Leads the Way for Environmental Conservation
Ada, Mich. (March 11, 2020)—In 2004 when post-consumer waste stock became available as a book paper commodity, Dwight Baker, president of Baker Publishing Group, made the decision to use it for printing as a standard policy. During the fourteen years since making that commitment, 6.2 million pounds of recycled paper have been used for printing Baker Publishing Group books. The company paper policy has saved 52,000 trees thus far, and Baker remains steadfast in its commitment to source reliably.
Dwight Baker contends, “Virgin paper might be cheap, but only if we disregard the wider impact of our decisions. Using post-consumer waste stock for our books will reduce our waste surplus, which was previously accepted by China. Our solid waste was never China’s problem to solve in the first place. The situation is ours to face.”
Leading book publishers are developing a standard for book paper that reflects greater respect for our forests. In addition to using virgin pulp, book publishing paper supply now incorporates recycled pulp. This choice began years ago as a distinct niche in book paper. Today it is a standard option for book production. “As Christian publishers, we accept a higher standard for creation care,” adds Dwight. “This is not an area where our business community should lag behind our professional peers.”
Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution. https://www.usi.edu/recycle/paper-recycling-facts/
The 52,000 trees saved by Baker company policy absorb an annual total of 765,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air.
Baker Publishing Group publishes high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers.