Moon Willow Press Publishing Toolkit

Note that this document is outdated.

The Moon Willow Press Publishing Toolkit (Ed. 4) provides backgrounder information for Moon Willow Press’s publishing philosophy and offers tools for authors, publishers, printers, and others who want to follow responsible practices when using materials from the planet’s remaining forest resources. In the fourth edition is more information about world reforestation organizations and some clarification from Eco-Libris on the environmental friendliness of e-books vs. printed books.

This document is completely free, and I encourage you to download it and share this link with friends and colleagues. This kit, complete with beautiful images of North American trees, may take a moment to download. You will need the free Adobe Reader to open the PDF. After the document loads, feel free to save it to your hard drive, though check back for future revisions.

The MWP toolkit gives a brief overview of the world’s forests, particularly Canadian forests and history, and provides general information about threats to forest lands, including deforestation, climate change, endangered forests issues, and impacts on indigenous peoples.

The kit looks particularly at the publishing industry’s impacts, and gives resources and tools for making paper, printer, supplier, and other choices, including:

  • Forest Stewardship Council resources
  • Environmental Defense Paper Calculator
  • A look at “A Comparative Study of the Environmental Aspects of Lithographic and Digital Printing Processes” research done by Rochester Institute of Technology
  • E-reader technology and studies
  • Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use guide from Green Press Initiative
  • Canopy Planet’s ecopaper database, paper futures forum, and book kit
  • Convention on Biological Diversity’s guide to conservation
  • Paper grades and pulp resources
  • Paper suppliers and printers (including the recommended lists from FSC)
  • Brief on printing costs between recycled and non-recycled paper
  • Office and personal tips

An appendix at the end of the toolkit has a long listing of online references to find more information about forestry listings and associations, certification and models, forest management, general reference, historical information, paper alternatives, recycling, research, sustainable forestry and conservation organizations, and tree planting; this list is not completely comprehensive, just a start. You’re invited to contact me with links to be added to future revisions of the toolkit.

This toolkit wouldn’t have been possible without many organizations’ online resources, which have provided a wealth of information, such asĀ  Eco-Libris, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Forest Ethics, Forest Stewardship Council, Green Press Initiative, Natural Resources Canada, and many others.