Printing Sustainably

GWP springNLOne reason we started Green Writers Press was to print our books sustainably, and use eBooks and audiobooks to reduce our fossil fuel use. We are even trying to source our server—Wordpress, too—to see how the main server uses electricity and where it comes from (anyone want to volunteer to find out?). Our entire office is run on solar panels, too. We compost/recycle natuch.

First off, most of our larger quantity and picture books are printed in Vermont at Springfield Printing and our Print-on-Demand (POD) books are printed at Lightning Source, in Tennessee, which is across the street from our main warehouse (so we’re not shipping books from printer to warehouse, saving trucking pollution). Other sustainably printed books (POD) are also printed at Thomson-Shore in Michigan and Bookmobile in Minneapolis. We love to work with our partner printers!

Here is the backstory: Dede has been working in publishing for a ridiculously long time—almost 30 years! Print-on-Demand sounds good, less waste and no storage. However—and this is huge—most Print-on-Demand companies (like Amazon, etc.) don’t use recycled paper. In addition, practically all the 4-color books published by US publishers are printed in China. I don’t know the exact number, but our friends at the Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington, Vermont told me The Bird Book was an anomaly.

Our eBooks and audiobooks are available via all the online platforms—we are up-to-date on this growing area of book sales and they can be found on iTunes, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon, and Kobo.

Here is a Vermont bookstore’s manifesto, which we embrace:

logoWhen You Choose to Shop
at Phoenix Bookstore
(or your local Indie Bookstore)
& Buy Green Writers Press

  1. You Keep Dollars in Our Economy
  2. You Help the Environment
  3. You Embrace What Makes Us Unique
  4. You Create and Keep Good Jobs
  5. You Nurture Community
  6. You Conserve Your Tax Dollars
  7. You Promote Competition and Diversity
  8. You Take Advantage of Our Expertise
  9. You Invest in The Community!

FSC logoGreen Writers Press prints our books in Vermont and/or uses printers (Lightning Source, TShore, Bookmobile) that meet the strict FSC criteria. We make every attempt to adhere to the mission of The Forest Stewardship Council, which is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.

Our vision is that we can meet our current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world’s forests for future generations.

We wanted to learn more about how Kindles are made. Here is a link to the website of the contract manufacturer – E Ink. They have a plant in South Hadley, MA. It is not a very green process. We are still researching the various electronic media.

Our Corporate Structure
A L3C, or low-profit limited liability company, is a for-profit company that holds a charitable or educational cause as its main purpose. As private foundations are required by the IRC to use 5% of their average net assets for charitable purposes, a L3C can fulfill that requirement through program-related investments, or PRIs. In the case of Green Writers Press, the “charitable or educational cause” is stated within its mission: conservation, activism, and hope. Through the books that GWP publishes, environmental activism is being furthered. And so private foundations can provide funding to GWP in order to both publish books and fulfill their PRIs.

We are thrilled to announce our first partnership with Sundog Poetry Center. sundog_logo_rgb
Located in the northern Green Mountains of Vermont, Sundog Poetry Center, Inc. offers events, publishing, retreats, and workshops related to poetry. As a 501c3 charitable organization, it is our mission to promote poetry as necessary to the enrichment of our cultural lives, support poets in their work and create audiences for their poetry, and provide ways to share poetry throughout the Vermont community.

We welcome inquiries from other nonprofits looking to partner with us, tax free, to edit, design and produce gorgeous books sustainably—contact or call 802-380-1121.

Thanks for supporting GWP and helping us spread the word!