At Troubador, we love working with authors, but we also appreciate that our responsibility goes beyond author care and includes that of the environment and our local community. Through multiple schemes and constant evaluation of our responsibilities, we do what we can to make the world better while we create our beautiful books.
We are all too aware that publishing books impacts the environment. So, we do whatever we can in both the production of our books and our day-to-day activity in our facilities to reduce the impact we have on the environment.
Publishing books has an impact on the environment. All of the papers used in our books are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, meaning that we only use paper made from sustainable forest sources. In addition, we plant a tree for each new title that we help authors publish, through our partnership with More Trees. Each tree offsets 0.3 tonnes of CO2, helping to reduce our impact on the environment as a business and combat climate change. Since Spring 2022 we have planted over 500 trees.
As a workplace, we have a responsibility to be as sustainable as possible in our day-to-day activities. We encourage the Troubador team to be as environmentally conscious as possible while working here – whether by recycling as much as they can, printing as little as possible or turning lights off when leaving a room, the team take our responsibilities to the environment seriously. In our new warehouse and offices, around 70% of the electricity that we use comes from solar panels installed on our roof.
As well as supporting our authors, we want to ensure that we give something back to the community in which we live and work. We partnered with three charities between 2022 and 2023: LOROS Hospice, the DKMS blood cancer charity and the Leicester South Foodbank. We continue to look for opportunities to support local charities, businesses and individuals where possible.
LOROS provides free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers across Leicestershire & Rutland.
DKMS is an international charity dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. Dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders, they want to give as many patients as possible a second chance at life.
South Foodbank helps local people in crisis. The foodbank provides three days nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people referred to them in crisis. Part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, the foodbank works to combat poverty and hunger across Leicestershire.