NEW Designed for Recycling; Part 3 Manufactured Book to End-of-Life, commencing April 2024 

Project start date, duration & commitment 

Launching in April 2024, the purpose of Part 3 of this BIC project is to continue and build upon the work already completed in Part: 1 Life Cycle Assessment, and Part 2: Initial Design to Manufactured Book, and complete the journey to the end-of-life of a book. Part 3 will investigate efficiencies for reducing materials waste (e.g. packaging, cartons, shrink wrap etc.) post production. It will also look at packaging materials associated with ‘Returns.’ The project will examine the materials used for packaging, so that books can be supplied with recyclability and waste prevention in mind from post production to end-of-life.

View the full project brief here.

Reporting into the BIC Green Supply Chain Committee, the project group is to be made up of BIC member volunteers from across the industry and is led by Simon Crump, an independent consultant with 30 years of industry experience.

The initial phase of the project is expected to last 6 months and it is expected that the project group will meet regularly online.

How to volunteer?

We are looking for volunteers who already have experience of the various aspects of the physical supply chain who are also familiar with recycling and waste processes that are currently being used in the book industry relating to their area of expertise.

If this sounds like you, please apply ASAP by completing this application and returning to by Wednesday 17th April 2024

We are especially looking for volunteers from the warehouse, distributor, transport, and book seller sectors to join the project team.

Successful applicants will be contacted and should be available to join an online

Project kick off meeting on Monday 22nd April at 2 pm.

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