13 October 2011
New Atwood book printed on 'revolutionary' paper
ALTONA, MB—A "revolutionary" new paper was used for a limited print run of a new book from famous Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

A run of 500 copies of In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination was printed on Second Harvest Paper developed by nonprofit forest advocacy group Canopy. Second Harvest is made from straw leftover over from the grain harvest as well as recycled paper. Canopy says this is the first book in North America to be printed on this "pioneering" material.

The special book, printed on a Xerox Nuvera digital press by Friesens based in Altona, MB, required no special printing processes or inks, said Myrna Wiebe, a customer service representative at Friesens. "We tested [the paper] on three different presses," she said, adding glues adhered the same as with regular stock. "We were quite pleased with the results."

Ten thousand copies of the book were printed on standard stock, she added.

Nicole Rycroft, executive director of Canopy, noted, "There is enough leftover straw in North America to keep up to 800 million trees standing every year and Canopy has already identified customer demand to keep four pulp mills running full time."
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