Save the Trees: Print Books on Straw Rather than Paper

In News by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams

Award-winning Canadian authors Yann Martel and Alice Munro have joined forces with Canopy, an award-winning environmental not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, species and climate, to publish signed collectors’ editions of their books, Life of Pi and Dear Life, specially printed on forest-saving Second Harvest paper made from straw rather than trees. The books highlight a viable solution to logging carbon rich forests for paper.

Three hundred signed copies of Martel’s Man Booker Prize winning Life of Pi will be available, while Alice Munro will sign just 50 copies of her latest short story collection, the critically acclaimed Dear Life. All proceeds will go to Canopy’s continued forest conversation work.

Second Harvest paper is made without any harm to fragile forest ecosystems. It contains only straw left over from the grain harvest, along with recycled paper. It is, “the next step forward in Canopy’s campaign to reduce the stress of paper production on our endangered forests.”

On their website, Canopy notes that they “would like to thank our visionary partners on this project, Random House Canada, McClelland & Stewart, Knopf Canada, Cascades Fine Paper, Alberta Innovates, Webcom and Friesens…and of course, Yann Martel and Alice Munro for their vision and leadership.”

Order signed copies here.

About the Author

Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for news, children's publishing and media. He's also a restaurant critic, literary blogger, and the author of "The Play's The Thing," a complete YA guide to the plays of William Shakespeare published by Pentian, as well as more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers.