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.
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.
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:
We also donate an amount of our profit to Cool Earth, a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. This in effect protects an additional 30 acres of rainforest per year with the aim of offsetting the carbon our business produces many times over.
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.
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.