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Sustainability at the Forefront: Penguin is Transitioning to 100% Recycled Paper in Book Production

Penguin Random House India (PRHI) announces a forward-looking initiative in the Indian publishing industry’s approach to environmental responsibility. Penguin has committed to transitioning its book production to use 100% recycled paper. The shift will take place in a phased manner and has already begun with the printing of text content in books on this eco-friendly paper.

This decision is a testament to Penguin’s dedication to reducing its environmental footprint. Commenting on the development, Sanjiv Gupta, COO, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘We recognise the urgent need to address the environmental challenges associated with using paper in publishing. We have been testing 100% recycled content paper for some time now, and we are not only assured of its organic source and ecological production process but also ensured that it doesn’t diminish the reading experience. This development aligns with the energy and environmentally efficient practices we have been adapting over time.’

Penguin is sourcing this 100% recycled paper from an Indian paper mill, and it was developed with careful observations that meet Penguin’s paper and production quality. This paper is made from raw material that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Recycled paper comes with many positive attributes, including:

· It is made from 100% paper waste, thereby diverting waste from landfills.

· It is not bleached with chlorine or compounds of chlorine. This significantly reduces the amount of harmful waste produced in the process.

· Its production emits approx. 30% less CO2 as compared to virgin paper production and uses less energy and water compared to paper made from wood pulp.

Ajay Joshi, Vice President, Supply Chain and Production, Penguin Random House India, is leading this transition for the company. He says, ‘We are adopting a measured approach with this initiative to ensure a smooth and responsible adjustment while maintaining our standard of production. This is a pivotal step towards reducing our environmental footprint.’

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