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SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES

New Society Publishers is committed to building an ecologically sustainable and just society not just through education, but through action. We’re proud to hold to the highest environmental and social standards of any publishers in North America.

  • We print our books in North America
  • Our books are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, processed chlorine-free, with low-voc vegetable-based inks (since 2002) (read the '100% Recycled Paper' tab below)
  • All of our ebooks include a Guide to Responsible Digital Reading (read the 'Digital Reading' tab below)
  • We’re carbon neutral (since 2006) (read the 'Carbon Neutral' tab below)
  • Our corporate structure is an innovative employee shareholder agreement, so we’re one-third employee-owned (since 2015) (click here to read more)
  • We’re certified as a B Corporation (since 2016) (read the 'Certified B Corporation®' tab below)
  • At New Society Publishers, we are deeply about what we publish--but also how we do business.

Read more about our commitment.

  • 100% Recycled Paper
  • Digital Reading
  • PDF Catalog
  • Carbon Neutral
  • Certified B Corpration®

100% Recycled Paper

Ancient-Forest Friendly Paper

In summer of 2001, New Society committed to publishing all of our forthcoming titles on acid-free paper that is Forest Stewardship Council certified, 100% old growth forest-free (100% post-consumer recycled), processed chlorine free, and printed with vegetable based, low VOC inks. We were the first North American publisher to make such a commitment. Sourcing this paper initially from New Leaf Paper in San Francisco, we have since printed over half a million books this way, and have helped start a revolution in the publishing industry.

We also use only 100% post-consumer recycled FSC-certified paper in our office and encourage reviewers and endorsers to accept our titles in electronic form

Each New Society book contains an Environmental Benefits Statement indicating the environmental benefits of doing this in terms of:

  • Trees saved
  • Pounds of solid waste
  • Gallons of water saved
  • Kilowatt hours of electricity saved
  • Pounds of greenhouse gases avoided
  • Pounds of HAPs, VOCs, and AOX combined, and
  • Cubic yards of landfill space saved.

Although printing on FSC-certified 100% PCW recycled paper costs a premium, it is one step toward ending global deforestation and climate change. Insist on it for all books you buy!

Digital Reading

eBooks

New Society Publishers is pleased to offer direct sales of our ebooks from our website. All New Society titles have been simultaneously released as ebooks since 2009, and a wide selection of our backlist is available in electronic format as well.

A Guide to Responsible Digital Reading

At New Society Publishers, we're concerned about how our reading choices impact the planet; and since you have chosen to visit our website, we think you probably are too.

Most readers understand that buying a book printed on 100% recycled, ancient-forest friendly paper is a more environmentally responsible choice than buying one printed on paper made from virgin timber or old-growth forests. In the same way, the choices we make about our electronic reading devices can help minimize the environmental impact of our e-reading. Want to learn more?

Issues and Resources

Before your next electronic purchase, find out which companies have the best ratings in terms of environmental and social responsibility. Have the human rights of workers been respected in the manufacture of your device or in the sourcing of raw materials? What are the environmental standards of the countries where your electronics or their components are produced? Are the minerals used in your smartphone, tablet or e-reader conflict-free? How can you help advocate for greater Corporate Social Responsibility at all steps of the manufacturing process? Here are some resources to help you learn more:

Recycle or Repair?

In 2018 an estimated 49.8 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide. Toxic chemicals in electronics, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, can leach into the land and water over time or can be released into the atmosphere, impacting nearby communities and the environment. The links below will help you to recycle your electronic devices responsibly.

Of course, the greenest option is to keep your device going as long as possible. IFIXIT.org is spearheading the repair revolution, complete with a consumer bill of rights. Their mission is to provide a viable (and exciting) alternative to the throwaway economy.

If you do decide to upgrade, please give some thought to passing your old one along for someone else to use.

How to buy our ebooks

In addition to buying ebooks directly from our website (in non-DRM'd PDF and EPUB formats), the links below will take you to some of the major retail sites where our ebooks are available.

PDF Catalog

Carbon Neutral Program

In 2005, New Society took its commitment to the environment up another notch by becoming the first North American publishing company to become carbon neutral. Our first step is to reduce our direct emissions by curtailing our shipping and travel as much as possible. Then, each year we neutralize all of the emissions which we cannot avoid by investing in initiatives that will prevent the release of a similar quantity of emissions elsewhere, or which will achieve long-term carbon-storage.

We purchase our carbon credits locally from the  Community Carbon Marketplace - a virtual “Farmer’s Market” of the carbon market - where buyers and sellers of community carbon credits can connect and lower their carbon footprints by investing in local green initiatives.

As part of our Carbon Neutral program, New Society author and consultant Guy Dauncey; produced a paper, Going Carbon Neutral: A Guide for Publishers , designed for use by any publisher in the world as a template to help them do the same. This is available free of charge as a download:

It is worth noting that using 100% Post Consumer recycled, Ancient Forest Friendly paper in our books and office, already yields a reduction of 36% in our annual carbon emissions over "business as usual."


Global Footprint Personal Carbon Counter

Community Carbon Market
Net Zero Waste Abbotsford - Where our offsets are sent

Certified B Corporation®

New Society Publishers became a Certified B Corporation™ in June 2016. With this certification, New Society Publishers receives recognition for our existing social and environmental performance standards and becomes part of a community striving to do even more. Individually, B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.

Collectively, B Corps lead a growing global movement of people using business as a force for good™. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders – workers, suppliers, community, consumers, the environment. New Society also considers it our responsibility to consider the impact of our actions on the unborn generations to come