eBooks.com’s Environmental Approach

eBooks.com's environmental position
Thomas Hill, Deer in a Landscape, Oil on paper, Public Collection

By their nature ebooks have environmental benefits over printed books. The carbon footprint of an ebook ecosystem is necessarily much smaller than printed books. It’s been said that the US book industry alone is responsible for the felling of 30 million trees annually.

Newsprint Rolls
The more ebooks we sell, the less of this stuff is needed

Ebooks don’t need to be shipped around the world or stored in warehouses. So it’s fair to say that the more successful we are, the better for the environment.

eBooks.com differs from many other global ebook retailers in that we do not lock our members into using a specific, specially-manufactured plastic device.

Our books are designed to be read on a device you already own

Corporate travel is kept to a minimum.

We have a company-wide paperless policy. All of our accounting, legal and other documents are stored digitally. Most of them never saw the light of day as a paper artifact.

Our new office, located next to a public transport hub, has superb environmental credentials, with the latest insulation and power-saving features.

Progress

In the fiscal year to June 30, 2018 we:

  • reduced corporate travel air miles by 18 per cent compared to the 2017 year.
  • reduced head office electricity consumption by encouraging a policy of opening windows instead of continuous air conditioning.

Goals

  • We have embarked on a programme of pushing back against those companies who continue to mail paper correspondence to our offices. Early results are encouraging and we aim to completely eliminate incoming paper correspondence by June 30, 2019.
  • We will reduce our carbon footprint further this year by ensuring that all future air travel includes 100 per cent carbon offset.

 

Do you have a suggestion as to how we can further reduce our environmental impact? Just leave a response below.

This article was updated on 5th November 2018

See also: eBooks.com’s Environmental Policy

Leave a Reply