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Sustainability Statement

Our Company Vision

Life Media, the owner of Natural Life Books, has a four-decade-old commitment to promoting the need to sustain our planet and our society into the future. Upon our founding in 1976, we identified a number of interwoven themes that constitute the basis for the sustainability of life on Earth, and decided that they would be the basis of our publishing endeavors, starting first with Natural Life Magazine. Our business activities continue to demonstrate the principles of healthy, simple and sustainable living and respectful choices about resource usage. But we believe that sustainability is not just about the environment; it is an interconnection of practices that includes building strong communities with healthy, locally-owned businesses that sell good products at fair prices.

Electronic Publishing

All of our titles are available as e-books. While there are conflicting studies about the ecological damage of e-books versus those printed on paper, we encourage practices that minimize the environmental impact of e-reading. You can read about that here.

Purchasing our Books

We prefer to sell directly to our customers for a variety of reasons. We do not sell through large, multinational, monopolistic corporate websites that do not support local businesses, and that are contributing to the demise of local booksellers and small, independent publishers like us. You can read more about that here.

Our Office Practices

Minimizing the Life Media environmental footprint involves reducing waste, water consumption, electricity and fuel, as well as recycling and reusing materials. These are all integral parts of our office management practices. For instance, our office stationery has been tree-free since the mid-1990s, containing mostly hemp fiber, although we conduct as much business as possible electronically in order to minimize the use of paper. We avoid plastic packaging and our books are mailed using re-used material or ones with high post-consumer content. Our shipping department even uses a postage scale made from hemp plastic! We give preference to locally-based suppliers in order to minimize the environmental costs of long-distance transportation and to keep money circulating in our local community. Our purchasing policy includes PVC reduction/elimination and use of recycled and salvaged materials. We are a home-based virtual company, communicating digitally, avoiding environmentally damaging commutes and enhancing family life.

Ongoing Commitment

To ensure that Life Media remains focused on these principles, we evaluate this statement periodically and continue to educate ourselves about the leading edge of sustainability best practices.

books to change your world

Natural Life Books specializes in adult non-fiction about ways that families and individuals can live and learn on Planet Earth in a healthy, socially responsible, environmentally sound, self-reliant manner. We are the retail division of The Alternate Press, an imprint of Life Media, an independent, family-owned book and magazine publishing house established in 1976.