Environmental sustainability is immensely important to the Word Ferret team. We are passionate about taking care of our planet and do everything we can to make a positive impact on the world.
Our business is 100% virtual, meaning there is zero travel - no long car journeys, no flights, and no unnecessary use of taxis, trains and hotels. Our entire lifestyle and hobbies are naturally environmentally friendly.
Our current carbon footprint is 7.5 tonnes.
Although this is lower than the national UK average of 9.5 tonnes, we strive to reduce our environmental impact on a daily basis.
Our Commitment to Sustainability and the Environment
All of our published titles (via Countisbury Publishing and Nezu Press) are printed on demand. With print-on-demand, a book is printed only when a sale is made. There is no need for us to print a large number of books and store them until they are sold. This removes the need for warehousing (which would need light and heating) and the possibility of having to pulp a large number of books if they remain unsold (what a waste of precious resources!). Additionally, books are manufactured as close to the customer as possible, so there's no need for a book to fly from London to New York, or vice versa.
All of Word Ferret's proofreading, copy editing, copywriting and indexing work - in fact, everything we do - is carried out remotely.
There are no car journeys, no flights, and we have no need to use taxis, car rentals, trains or hotels.
We passionately believe in supporting local businesses.
Wherever possible, we buy locally sourced food and products.
In addition to reducing our impact on the environment, we get to help our local economy and meet/support amazing people.
We made a move to Green Energy and Green Broadband a few years ago and we're always looking for new ways to become more energy efficient and reduce our impact on the environment.
We recycle as much as can be recycled.
We make every effort to reduce our water usage, and we save a minimum of 600 litres per month by recycling 'grey water'. We save a further 2,600 litres per month as a result of careful water management.
We also support local charities, food banks and small businesses with donations of high quality items that can be sold or given to those in need.