"Simon & Schuster will endeavor to eliminate the use of paper that may contain fiber from endangered and old-growth forest areas," the publisher said Wednesday in a statement. "It has set a goal that by 2012 at least 10 percent of its purchased paper will derive from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council."
Simon & Schuster's many authors include Stephen King, David McCullough and Bob Woodward.
Numerous publishers have launched environmental programs in recent years. In 2006, Random House Inc. announced a planned tenfold increase in its use of recycled paper. Last March, Scholastic Inc. said that it would work with the Rainforest Alliance, a conservation organization, on tightened environmental standards for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book of J.K. Rowling's multimillion- selling series.
Simon & Schuster will be working with the Green Press Initiative, a nonprofit organization that has worked on other book projects, including a Bible published this fall by Thomas Nelson Inc. that uses only recycled and Forest Stewardship Council-approved paper.