Look out Ed Begley, Jr. Harry Potter not content with being the world's most beloved sorcerer is gunning for your title of most beloved environmentalist by going Green. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , the seventh and final book in the series by J. K Rowling with be printed on 30% recycled paper.
"Moreover, 65% of the 16,700 tons of paper used in the U.S. first printing will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the global standard-setter for responsible forest management. This historic commitment is the largest purchase of FSC certified paper to be used in the printing of a single book title." A press release issued by Scholastic Inc., states.
Lisa Holton, President of Scholastic Trade Publishing and Book Fairs, added, “Scholastic worked hard with our suppliers and the Rainforest Alliance to secure this extraordinary amount of recycled and FSC certified paper for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As a company with an ongoing commitment to protecting the environment for this generation and generations to come, we believe producing this book and our future reprints of Harry Potter books with a minimum of 30% pcw recycled paper is an important publishing decision.”
This is very good news considering how many of these books may go unread after they are purchased by parents who haven't realized their kids have outgrown Harry Potter. Ed Begley, Jr I'm sure will welcome the news because he will be able to reuse the books that end up in book drives, two months after the release, as insulation in mansions owned by the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio.
Those less jaded can purchase the book at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007. I'll wait until they release the biodegradable DVD.