What Does This Mean?

The average weight of a book published by New Society Publishers is 0.496 kg. For every 5000 books printed, New Society saves the following resources:

15     Trees
1,348     Pounds of solid waste
1,483     Gallons of water
1,934     Kilowatt hours of electricity
(equivalent to 2.5 months of electricity for the average American home)
2,450     Pounds of greenhouse gasses
(equivalent to 1,984 miles of driving for the average American car)
11     Pounds of HAPs, VOCs, and AOX combined
4     Cubic yards of landfill space


Environmental benefits are calculated based on research done by the Environmental Defense Fund and the other members of the Paper Task Force who studied the environmental impacts of the paper industry. Contact the EDF for a copy of their report and the latest updates on their data.  Our trees saved calculation is based on trees with a 10” diameter. The actual diameter of trees cut for pulp ranges from 6” up to very large, old growth trees.

Home energy use equivalent is provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Francisco. Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and Absorbable Organic Compounds (AOX), and landfill space saved are based on American Paper Institute, Inc. publication, Paper Recycling and its Role in Solid Waste Management.