Sustainability

3dtotal is fortunate enough to be owned by someone who sincerely cares about the world we live in. Here is a summary of some of the things we do to try to help the earth and the people who inhabit it.

Effective altruism

In the past five years we have started to research and explore the world of effective altruism. We are very privileged that our success has allowed us to do this. We are proud to say that we are able to give 10% of profits to good causes, using the Centre for Effective Altruism as our guide to ensure the funds are used as efficiently as possible. Of course we have to thank the amazing artists and community who buy our books for making this opportunity possible.

Earth Draw

We are also keen to do our part to help save the planet, so in 2018 we launched Earth Draw, an annual not-for-profit crowdfunding campaign that raises funds to help plant more trees in the world. Each year a range of talented and generous artists from around the globe come together to create art prints that are then sold to raise money for tree-planting charities. Find out more by visiting earthdraw.org

Carbon footprint

As a business, and especially as a publisher, we are also conscious of our carbon footprint. We have therefore made substantial efforts to offset our impact on the environment:

FSC

We now use FSC paper for all of our books. The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) uses forest management and a thorough chain of custody to ensure that products that are FSC approved have been responsibly sourced to make sure the world’s forests are sustained for future generations. We therefore request that our printers use FSC paper for all the books we publish.

Packaging

While bubble wrap is brilliant at protecting products dispatched from our online shop, we became conscious of the damage plastics can cause to the environment. For this reason we have now switched to using cardboard corrugated roll which is recyclable. We have found this still offers sufficient protection for our books. We also try to repurpose any bubble wrap we receive from products supplied to us.

We will continue to look into further ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and encourage others to do the same.