carbon offset
vegetable inks
% recycled paper
elemental chlorine free
Recycled Paper

I tree makes 16.7 reams of paper
1 tonne of paper from 30% post consumer-content copier paper saves 7.2 treees
1 tonne of paper from 50% post consumer-content copier paper saves 12 trees
1 tonne of paper from 100% recycled pulp saves 17 trees
2.3 cubic metres of landfill space
31,400 litres of water
4200 kWh
1600 litres of oil
26 kilograms of air pollutants from entering the atmosphere

UK Environment Agency

I've been told that recycling paper is a dirty, chemical laden process, but looking a bit closer it becomes obvious that while there is a toxic sludge produced it stems from needing to use a soap to remove the petroleum based inks printed on it.

That issue would largely be negated if we used ...

Vegetable Inks

These are made using soybean, walnut and other vegetable oils. Apart from being easier to remove from printed paper, and non-toxic they are no more expensive than traditional petroleum based inks and don't require solvents to wash them from the printing press. Petroleum based inks do - greatly increasing the VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) air pollution associated with printing.

Vegetable inks have a higher flashpoint, which means they need to reach higher temperatures before they combust. This has been an issue with petroleum based inks. The one drawback is that vegetable based inks dry more slowly, which is a management issue for printers, but not one that can't and isn't overcome.

Chlorine Bleachs

Chose paper that are chlorine free, three types to look out for
Totally Chlorine Free (TCF)
Process Chlorine Free (PCF)
Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF)

Waste Management

In any production system waste management is an issue. More and more printers are grappling with the issue, and most of the printers listed on this website have documented their waste management systems and can give you a percentage rate of their waste product recycling rates.

Carbon Offsetting

There are carbon calculators online designed to help you ascertain your carbon emissions relating to paper production and transport related to moving your product via plane, car or ship.

There's a good one HERE.

While carbon offsetting cannot replace the petroleum products that were used in the printing/transport process (that takes millions of years) they can reduce or neutralise the CO2 emissions.

Often forgotten in the equation is that planting native trees supports biodiversity by creating a natural habitat for flora and fauna, reduces soil salinity and erosion, maintains the water table,and has many other environmental benefits.

Who Killed Dave? has 6 tonnes of carbon offsetting. The cost, a measly $90.

View the carbon offsetting certificate.

Buy carbon offsets
through Bendigo Bank

Let your favourite book publishers know you'd prefer to buy books using recycled paper, vegetable inks, from printers with stringent waste and water management systems, and carbon offset the process.

Green Printers in Australia
( please let us know if you're not listed, or you know someone who isn't)

North Coast Print Solutions NSW ·
Black Rainbow Vic ·
Complete Colour Vic ·
EcoDesign EcoPrint NSW ·
Finsbury Green Printing NSW, Vic & SA ·
Fishprint Vic ·
Goanna Print ACT
Print Together
Pristine Publications Pty Ltd NSW ·
Spectrum Printing NSW ·
Think Vic ·
Eco Digital
Pure Colours Digital Imaging
Focus Press

Melbourne University's
Little Green Guide to Printing and Design

I’m passionate about books, but I don’t want to be reading (or writing something) that results in a negative impact on the environment. If I’m going to keep publishing books, it has to be done right.
Books are a great way to sequester carbon, they can last hundreds of years on your bookshelf.

Produced sustainably they can be a carbon sink, not a carbon stink.

Linda Cockburn

can’t see the forest for the books...

UNESCO monitors the number of books published each year - currently there are over 1 million books printed globally, with the UK and US vying it out for top honours at around 200,000 titles each. Australia accounts for 10,000 annually. Assuming a conservative average print run of 5000 copies per title, that’s around 5 billion books printed around the world each year, a process that chews through a lot of trees.

The impact doesn’t end there - there’s significant environmental impact as a result of the chemical pulping of paper, use of solvents and bleaches and issues of land and water use, waste management and air pollution.

t0gether Press is a small publisher dedicated to printing quality carbon offset books using tree planting to offset greenhouse emissions created during the entire bookmaking process, from the initial idea, to the writing, printing and transportation of each book.

We use 100% recycled paper, an elemental chlorine free process, vegetable inks and waste management systems because they are a natural choice for a sustainable book industry.

It may not be perfect, but we’ve taken on the challenge of getting as close as we can.
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