Touching on the ethics and economics of producing a truly ethical book, the discussion explored whether recent industry developments are making this possible in reality.
Mark Cropper, a sixth-generation paper-maker, environmentalist and renewable energy entrepreneur is the current chairman of James Cropper, makers of advanced materials and specialist papers in the English Lake District. Mark is dedicated to making places better and more resilient in holistic ways.
This year Mark has commenced the UK’s largest wildflower meadow restoration project and is creating large areas of wood pasture and orchards around Burneside. Another initiative on its way is the Paper Foundation (www.paper.foundation), a new home for handmade paper and book arts.
A passionate advocate for paper, Mark put forward that premise that paper is truly the last luxury. That people and society need to value paper more, and going forward somehow we have to make more out of less.
The potential is there to be able to produce sustainable books, the industry is on a journey and will continue to make strides towards this goal.