As a luxury lifestyle publisher, we know that the only real luxury is living our best lives, which means joining the fight for us all to significantly reduce our carbon emissions. As a means to that end, we have committed to reach net zero by 2030. This means we are reviewing all our supply chains and ensuring that best practice is employed wherever it is most effective. We’re excited to join this journey and hope many of our readers, brand partners and advertisers will join Race to Zero too.
Country & Town House is also assessing and improving its social and environmental impacts by committing to becoming a B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.
When it comes to what we share and what we write about, we realise we have a long road ahead but by constantly seeking knowledge we ourselves can begin to do the right thing. We have pledged that 25% of our content will focus on the brands, people and companies who have made similar pledges when comes to sustainability – which includes transparency, use of materials, fairtrade, reduction of carbon footprint, inclusion, engaging and helping the local community. To this end, whenever we mention a brand with sustainable credentials we will flag it, allowing consumers to have an informed choice.
Every Tuesday of every week we will only ever publish content online and on social media that concerns sustainability. We will continue to find the inspiring stories and people that can help us all.
RECYCLING OUR PRODUCTS
1. THE MAGAZINES
Country & Town House
Great British Brands
Country & Town Interiors
School House Scholarships & Bursaries
Great British & Irish Hotels
Watches & Jewellery
Great British Brands ZERO
Ideally, you would pass it on the magazine to a friend or a community place which might enjoy it (doctor or dentist surgery, community centre etc), but you can also rest assured that your issue can be recycled in its entirety*.
*Caveat: on the rare occasion magazine features a gatefold advertisement (where the cover or an inside page opens to reveal an additional page that folds out), it uses laminate which renders the cover paper on those issues unrecyclable, so we suggest removing the cover and recycling the rest.
2. THE PACKAGING
When two or more copies of the magazines come bagged together, the bagging material is made entirely from 100 per cent compostable material sourced from potato starch. It can be disposed of in a compost heap, your garden waste bin or your food waste bin – why not use it as a liner? Please do NOT put it in your recycling bin.
Packaging Waste at our UK Printer, William Gibbons
All packaging waste, inc. paper, plastic, metal and pallet waste is recycled at Gibbons. Anything they cannot recycle themselves is sent to Veolia, a waste management scheme who will recycle what they can and then burn the rest turning it into energy.
The majority of our paper used in the magazines is UPM Star Gloss, which is sustainably sourced and manufactured, with EU Ecolabel certification and FSC® and PEFC™ chain of custody certification.
The cover paper uses Condat Gloss which is FSC® certified (the mark of responsible forestry).