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Amber Lotus Publishing

Environmental Statement

Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a carbon-negative independent publisher with a dedication to environmental stewardship.

Over Half a Million Trees Planted Since 2008 and Growing

trees-logo.pngWe offset our carbon footprint and resource usage by planting trees through Trees for the Future (TREES). TREES is a non-profit agroforestry resource center that helps communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia restore tree cover to their lands. TREES has planted over 127 million trees since 1989. As of December 2016, Amber Lotus Publishing has funded the planting of 650,000 trees. In addition to removing CO2 from the atmosphere, these trees help restore degraded land, reverse deforestation, improve soil quality, and augment local standards of living. Read more about our tree planting philosophy on our blog — Half a Million Trees, Art, Commerce, and Service.

Carbon Negative

carbon-negative.pngWe planted 90,000 trees in 2016 which increased our total number of trees planted to 650,000. The trees planted in 2016 are about 31 times greater than the estimated 2,853 trees used to produce our 2016 product line (including our 2017 calendars). We have committed to planting an additional 50,000 trees in 2017. One of the advantages of planting trees as a carbon footprint off-set strategy is that they remove CO2 from the atmosphere on an ongoing basis. TREES estimates that the 700,000 trees planted and committed to will remove 12,110 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually. This is 22 times greater than the estimated 540 tons of CO2 generated by our 2016 printing activities. These benefits are summarized in the table below: 

TREES PLANTED     TONS OF CO2 REMOVED ANNUALLY  
Planted (2008–2016) 650,000   Planted (2008–2016) 11,245
Minimum Commitment 2017 50,000   Minimum Commitment 2017 865
TOTAL PLANTED & COMMITTED 700,000   TOTAL PLANTED & COMMITTED 12,110
TREES USED     TONS OF CO2 GENERATED  
2017 Wall Calendars 2,574   2017 Wall Calendars 487
Other Products & Catalogs 279   Other Products & Catalogs 53
TOTAL 2,853   TOTAL 540

 *** Please note that the numbers presented may vary from the information provided on our calendars and other printed products. The numbers here are updated frequently using the most current calculations provided by TREES. 

ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES AND PARTNERS

FSC Paper

fsc.pngOur 2017 wall calendars, greeting cards, and journals are printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Mixed Source Paper, which contains at least 18% recycled content and is processed chlorine free. The FSC label ensures that the wood used to produce the paper comes from well-managed forests, recycled materials, and/or controlled wood from noncontroversial sources. Established in 1993, FSC is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world's forests by developing standards and providing independent certification and labeling of forest products.

Printing Our Products

We print all our products with Sung In Printing, a subsidiary of Pacom AAP, Inc., in South Korea. Pacom is a global company that provides one-stop total printing solutions. Pacom offers optional printing services around the world by combining traditional craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology, and industry savvy. Pacom is the largest print exporter in South Korea. We have used Sung In as our exclusive calendar printer for more than 15 years.

Sung In's Standards of Excellence

Sung In is an FSC certified printer, which allows the company to use the FSC logo on products it prints. FSC certified printers are subject to annual audits and strict ongoing procedures. Sung In's quality and environmental management systems are certified to comply with the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO's international quality standards ensure that products produced by certified companies are safe, reliable, and of good quality. ISO's environmental standards help companies minimize the negative environmental impact of their operations and help them comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements. ISO's environmental criteria (ISO 14001) are an integral part of the European Union's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Sung In is a member of Sedex, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to driving ethical and sustainable global supply chains. Sedex has more than 23,000 members in over 150 countries. Sung In completed its initial Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) in March 2013 and was found to be in compliance with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code, an internationally recognized code of labor practices based on the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

A single tree reduces carbon in the atmosphere for as long as it grows. So we plant a lot of trees: 650,000 and counting.