Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a carbon-negative independent publisher with a dedication to environmental stewardship.
One Million Trees Planted and Growing
Since 2008 we have been planting trees to offset our carbon footprint and resource usage by partnering with Trees for the Future (TREES). TREES is a non-profit agroforestry resource center that helps communities across six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. TREES has planted over 149 million trees since 1989. As of December 2019, Amber Lotus Publishing has funded the planting of 1,000,000 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 — Art, Commerce, and Service.
We planted 125,000 trees in 2019 which increased our total number of trees planted to 1,000,000. The trees planted in 2019 are about 53 times greater than the estimated 2,352 trees used to produce our 2019 product line (which includes our 2020 calendars). We have committed to planting an additional 200,000 trees in 2020. One of the advantages of planting trees as a carbon footprint offset strategy is that they remove CO2 from the atmosphere on an ongoing basis. TREES estimates that the 1,200,000 trees planted and committed to will remove 21,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually. This is more than 12 times greater than the estimated 1,655 tons of CO2 generated by our 2019 printing activities. These benefits are summarized in the table below:
|TREES PLANTED||TONS OF CO2 REMOVED ANNUALLY|
|Planted (2008–2019)||1,000,000||Planted (2008–2019)||17,500|
|Minimum Commitment 2020||200,000||Minimum Commitment 2020||3,500|
|TOTAL PLANTED & COMMITTED||1,200,000||TOTAL PLANTED & COMMITTED||21,000|
|TREES USED||TONS OF CO2 GENERATED|
|2019 Wall Calendars||1,470||2019 Wall Calendars||1,035|
|Catalog & Other Products||882||Catalog & Other Products||620|
*** 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.
Green America Gold Certified
Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Green businesses adopt principles, policies and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, employees, communities, and the planet. Amber Lotus has been a Gold Certified member since 1993.
Our calendars are printed on paper processed chlorine free and sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials. Using paper made with wood from well-managed forests means that we are maintaining our resources, not depleting them.
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'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).