Moon Willow Press likes to balance out book-making resources with donations to reforestation programs around the world. It takes a while for trees to be planted once a donation is made, but so far MWP has helped with the following:
- Proceeds from the sales of The Little Big Town resulted in 260 trees planted by the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) in Guatemala. Dr. Anne Motley Hallum spent three weeks in Guatemala, hosting volunteers during the 2010 planting season, and also helped deliver food to villages where residents had lost property during the flooding from Hurricane Agatha. These trees are not used for harvesting by loggers, but for prosperity.
- Proceeds from the sales of Infernal Drums resulted in 242 trees planted by Sustainable Harvest International, a partner of Eco-Libris. These trees are being planted in Central America in areas where tropical rainforests have been slashed and burned for farming. Sustainable Harvest also works with farmers to teach them new organic, sustainable techniques of agriculture, including the planting of trees.
- 33 trees planted in the Nkhata Bay District, Malawi, Africa from general sales and donations.
- Members whose donations are planting trees: Jed Brody, Morgan Woodbury, Sandra Sponaugle, Alan Woodbury, Randi Derdall, and 22 others (27 trees)!
- 122 trees planted from our 2012 summer reading program donations and Peter Magliocco’s donations (100% royalties from his Texting Poems to Darwin’s Ghost). This funding helps farmers like Felipe Galdamez, who, along with his wife and son in Belize, used to live in a dilapidated house which leaked during heavy rains. Now he has two acres of plantains and is growing coconut and other trees around his farmland, enough to feed himself and share with his local community.
- Other donations include Jed Brody donating 100% of his royalties to Sustainable Harvest International from the sales of The Philodendrist Heresy as well as MWP donating a portion of sales from the same book to Guarding the Gifts–a Gitga’at First Nation organization helping to preserve the Great Bear Rainforest.
- 140 trees planted in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi, Africa, on behalf of Moon Willow Press and Joseph McBray (winner of our summer reading contest, 2013). Thanks to Eco-Libris’ partner Ripple Africa.
- 176 trees planted from a percentage of sales proceeds culminating from our 2014 Summer Reading Program. Because Eco-Libris is on hiatus from their tree-planting donations, we have donated a memorial forest planting of trees to Water, Trees, and People. The memorial forest is in honor of my father, Gerald Keith Sands. This memorial gift helps to reforest areas in Central America and Haiti that have been devastated by deforestation.
- 100 trees planted in El Salvador with Water, Trees, and People, thanks to proceeds from our 2015 Summer Reading Program. These trees are added to the Gerald Keith Sands Memorial Forest in memory of my father, increasing this forest to 276 trees.
- 212 trees planted, thanks to a percentage of books sold during our 2016 Summer Reading Program and donations from Stephen Collis and Michael Donoghue (who donated their honorariums from Word Vancouver’s Eco-fiction stage readings–thanks, guys!). A total of $280.00 CAD was donated to Trees, Water & People to continue building the Gerald K. Sands Memorial Forest (in memory of my father), a reforestation effort. Trees, Water & People uses donations like ours to for projects like their tribal reforestation program; they hire local Native Americans to plant the trees. Here’s a link to one of the blog posts about it. They also have a new video about the program.
Moon Willow Press donated to Eco-Libris’ tree-planting program from 2011 to 2014 in order to help balance out trees from the books we sell. Eco-Libris worked with three world-planting partners. Non-invasive trees were planted in developing countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and Malawi. The reforestation and planting were done along with the collaboration and support of local people living in these communities. Because Eco-Libris is on hiatus from planting, beginning in late 2014, the press has chosen Water, Trees, People to donate to, whose mission is to improve people’s lives by helping communities protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.
Planting ecologically appropriate trees reduces CO2, fights forest destruction, increases biomass and tree productivity, reduces soil erosion, and gives farmers alternatives. Further economic benefits are:
- Protection of important water resources
- Decreases the chances for natural disasters such as floods
- Improvement of crops: some trees are interplanted with crops to conserve the soil and organically fertilize the crops
- Education for increased awareness of the importance of conserving natural resources
- Additional food and income from fruit trees
- Empowerment for the adoption of sustainable land-use practices
Moon Willow Press is partnered with Eco-Libris and was certified by Green Press Initiative in 2012, when it also earned gold-level certification as a Certified Environmentally Responsible Publisher. We have signed the Book Treatise on Environmentally Responsible Publishing–choosing printers that use only recycled or forest-certified fiber.
Our commercial printer from 2011-2012 was Friesens in Canada, which has a strong environmental commitment. They offer 100% post-consumer and FSC paper stock (all fiber is taken only from sustainably managed forests), and they use vegetable inks and non-hazardous binding glue. Friesens also recycles all paper waste as well as aluminum used in printing plates. For every book printed through Friesens, they offer an eco-audit showing the environmental savings per a title’s print run: how many fully grown trees, gallons of water, pounds of waste, and pounds of greenhouse gases are saved.
Starting in 2013, we began on-demand printing and distribution through Ingram’s Lightning Source publisher PoD, in the USA, which has a strong chain of custody in using fiber certified as follows:
- The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
- Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
- The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
Printing on demand ensures fewer wasted books, which was one of our original goals when launching in 2010. And though we offer discounts to booksellers for books distributed by Ingram, we do not accept returns.
We also print Jed Brody’s newest book at 360Digital on 100% recycled paper.