As book publishers, we are exceptionally aware of the impact our small business has on the environment. We’re consumers of trees, fossil fuels, minerals and chemicals, most of which have detrimental effects to the finite resources of this planet and the environment we love to explore. We are continually trying to find ways to overcome those issues. Already we’ve nearly eliminated single-use plastic from our shipping processes, and we’ve committed to only using Forest Stewardship Council approved paper in all of our books (although FSC has recently, December 2023, changed its language around sustainability, walking back some of its prior commitments – we’re doing research to see if there are better alternatives). But there’s still more we can do.

Between December 1, 2021 and November 2022, we partnered with not-for-profit Australian organisation, Greenfleet, to help plant native, biodiverse forests in Australia. For every single book we sold, we removed at least 25kg of CO2 from the atmosphere. We offset over 225,000kg of CO2 during that time, and contributed to native tree planting projects all over Australia.

From December 2022, for every book we sell we plant one tree (a mangrove) in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. About 15,000 mangroves were planted along the coastlines of Indonesia, and currently we’re having mangroves planted in Madagascar. The average book has a carbon footprint of around 2.5kg. The average tree offsets around 25kg of carbon emissions each year. For some perspective, that’s, on average, about 10 times the amount of CO2 emitted in the production of one copy of one of our books offset every year the tree lives (hopefully hundreds of years).

But it’s more than that. We don’t just want our books to grow trees, but plant biodiverse, native forests. We love travel to the world’s wild places, but those places need our help, and more than just the shallow net-zero promises CEOs make about futures they’ll not be a part of. We want to build eco-systems that support thriving wildlife and do more than our fair share of fixing climate change. Maybe this isn’t the only solution, but it’s our start.

Our commitment is that our business and products to give back more to the environment than we take from it.

So, whenever you pick up one of our books, be that from a bookstore, one of our retail partners or here on our website, know that you’ve contributed to a solution, and you’ve helped plant and sustain native, biodiverse forests that protect and expand marine, coastal eco-systems.

If you want to do more and help plant in Australia, you can offset even more of your own emissions using Greenfleet’s personal offset packages. Find out more.

If you want to do more and help reforest other parts of the world, we recommend Eden Reforestation Projects, who run projects all over the planet. Find out more.


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