Last year, Piers looked to publish a book sustainably…this led to an open letter to publishers, with Publishing Declares set-up in response. He is now working to create a universal accreditation for books so that people can see the sustainable qualities of the books they are buying. He feels that although there is a lot of work to be done, we are in a better place than we were a year ago. Publishers need to keep up with how our culture is changing, and he feels authors must keep up pressure on the big publishers.
Simon is chief knowledge officer at Zero Carbon Academy, and led on a zero carbon toolkit within the IPG skills hub which combines information with tools and equipment to help publishers reduce their carbon to zero. He feels that we need to get 'real measurements - we need to know exactly where we are', as it is a matter with a 'lot of complexity'. He feels that people need to start collecting data in order to understand what the real impact actually is, so that practical steps can be taken.
Amber said that they talk about sustainability every day in her store, where they use renewable energy, LED lighting and heating on timers, and think carefully about waste streams in an effort to create zero waste. The store is also plastic free, does not use receipts, and uses a carbon neutral packaging provider as well as encouraging customers to reuse packaging. The store's customers can see that they live the values of their bookshop.