Environment

The paper we use comes from sustainably managed forests and from recycling.

Our Commitment to the Environment

RAPIDO Books was the first in Canada to offer a solution to limit book production to what is strictly necessary, thereby reducing the use of renewable resources (paper and hydroelectric power) and non-renewable resources (ink and fossil fuel for transport).

All the paper we use comes from sustainably managed forests or from recycling. Paper can only be recycled a maximum of five times. This means that ‘new’ paper pulp has to be constantly reintroduced to feed the recycling process.

Consuming new fibre is a very good thing for two main reasons:

  • The consumption of wood for paper production allows forestry to extend the surface area of forests and therefore absorb more CO2 ;
  • An ‘old’ forest does not produce oxygen but consumes it. Only young trees produce oxygen. Felling old trees and planting new ones is therefore essential for the future of our planet.

Another misconception is that digital books save the forest. In fact, it is estimated that the manufacture of a reading device has an impact equivalent to the consumption of 60 books. What’s more, e-readers only live for 4 or 5 years on average, and recycling them is highly problematic since only 10% of electronic devices are recycled. The real environmental impact of a e-reader would therefore be equivalent to several hundred books.

These figures have been calculated in relation to the current book production and distribution system, which could be greatly improved by producing fewer books at a time, something in which Rapido has been a forerunner in Canada. With us, you only print and ship what you sell.

Sustainable growth must be based on the real needs of consumers, not just the sales hopes of marketers. It makes no sense to produce books that don’t sell in order to reduce unit costs. We all know that our future will be one of sobriety and responsibility. With production on demand, Rapido is reducing waste to zero, including in-house, thanks to its completely original production system. It’s already tomorrow.
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