It’s become pretty trendy to talk about being green, reducing one’s carbon footprint, recycling. It’s harder to actually do the things you need to do to feel better about the imprint you’re leaving on the world. It never quite feels like enough. Since we’re a book publishing company, and, you know, books are made out of paper, we are always thinking about ways to tread more lightly on the world.
For example, this year both Stone Arch Books and our parent company, Capstone Publishers, sent out e-cards as our holiday cards. Seems like a small thing, but just think of all the paper we saved by not printing cards, or putting them into envelopes. Now multiply that by the energy it takes to ship those envelopes all over the world. A small step makes a huge impact.
We also print our books and ancillary materials on recycled paper that contains post-consumer waste. And we strongly prefer electronic submissions to the old-fashioned paper slush pile.
We are always trying to come up with more ways to be eco-friendly. What are some of the things you do?