Outdoor swimming is an activity that immerses you in the natural environment so it is not surprising that both we and our readers take environmental responsibility seriously. Earlier in 2019, working with our printer, we were able to make the switch away from plastic polywrap for our magazines to ones made of compostable potato starch.
Now, through working with Denmaur Paper Media, our paper supplier, we’re pleased to confirm that the magazine paper we use is “Carbon Balanced” as well as PEFC chain-of-custody certified.
Carbon Balanced is a World Land Trust programme that enables individuals and organisations to offset their residual greenhouse gas emissions through the protection and restoration of carbon-rich wildlife habitats in the tropics. Current carbon projects include an important area of the Annamite Mountains in Vietnam, one of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth.
World Land Trust is working with Viet Nature Conservation Centre to protect the entire forest of the Khe Nuoc Trong, an area covering nearly 50,000 acres. By protecting this important region, approximately 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions will be absorbed each year. Previous WLT projects include more than 700,000 acres of habitat in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America and the UK.
We include the World Land Trust Carbon Balanced Paper logo within our magazine as a visual mark of our responsibility to reduce our carbon emissions and minimise our impact on climate change. The benefits are measurable and we receive annual certification confirming the carbon reductions and the areas of land protected.
Carbon Balanced Paper is an additional certification to that from PEFC – the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, a global alliance of national forest certification systems. PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization, dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.
Forest certification provides a mechanism to promote the sustainable management of our forests and ensures that forest-based products reaching the marketplace have been sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Outdoor Swimmer magazine is printed by Pensord, which has held accreditations for PEFC and FSC papers and the ISO14001 Environmental Standard since 2008. The inks used for printing are vegetable based derived from soya and rape seed. Our cover seals are water based.
Pensord has made significant investment in new energy efficient printers and equipment, and this process is ongoing through continued investment. In 2012 Pensord achieved zero to landfill and have maintained this and all other environmental accreditations ever since.
Pensord implements an environmental management system which satisfies the requirements of ISO 14001:2004.
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