The green world is a buzz with news that the final Harry Potter book will be printed on recycled paper! According to the Daily Grist, “Is Draco Malfoy green with envy, or is it just the paper he’s printed on? With only 121 days until the last Harry Potter book hits the shelves (not that we’re counting), U.S. publisher Scholastic has partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to green up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The 784-page book will have a first printing of 12 million copies in the U.S., and nearly two-thirds of the 16,700 tons of paper used will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as coming from sustainable timber. It’s the largest-ever purchase of FSC-certified paper to be used in a single book printing, and the whomping willows are certainly thankful. In addition, the books will contain at least 30 percent recycled fiber, while the deluxe edition — with a first printing of a mere 100,000 copies — will be printed on 100 percent recycled paper in a renewable-energy-powered factory. Muggle-rific!” Previous Harry Potter books have been printed on recycled paper in Canada and Europe, now green Americans can also enjoy reading Harry Potter without guilt.
We began reading Harry Potter aloud to our five year old daughter a few months ago. She loves the books and never wants me to stop reading them. She is always begging, “two more pages”. We are on the fourth book, and her interest has not waned. We also spend a lot of time talking about the story lines and characters during our long car rides to and from school. J.K. Rawling has done so much to promote reading in the modern youth!
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