New Society Publishers

Book Publishing

Gabriola Island, British Columbia


About New Society Publishers

New Society Publishers, is an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on publishing books for a world of change. Their books offer tips, tools, and insights from leading experts in sustainable building, homesteading, climate change, environment, conscientious commerce, renewable energy, and more — positive solutions for troubled times.

Books so green you could eat them

They are committed to the highest environmental practices in the industry. They print all of our books and catalogues on 100% post-consumer recycled paper (100% old growth forest-free), processed chlorine-free, and printed with vegetable-based, low-VOC inks. These practices are measured through an Environmental Benefits statement (included in each book) detailing the number of trees, landfill space and water that have been saved. And New Society Publishers is committed to printing all of their books and catalogues in Canada, not overseas. These costs are sometimes reflected in the prices of their books, but as always, they are committed to walking their talk. They also work to reduce their carbon footprint, and purchase carbon offsets based on an annual audit to ensure a carbon neutral footprint.

Employee Trust and a Certified B Corp

In addition to an innovative shareholder’s agreement that granted the Employee Trust one-third ownership of the company, New Society Publishers is a Certified B Corporation. As a company that has always had a mandate of a triple bottom line including people, the planet and profits, these are exciting steps that model their vision. They care deeply about what they publish -- their overall list continues to be widely admired and respected for its timeliness and quality -- but also about how they do business.

We became a B Corp to acknowledge the work our company has been doing for years in valuing the environment, people and the planet. We wanted to not only publish books on these topics but recognize we are a business that walks our talk. We also wanted to become part of the growing community of businesses also doing work for good.

The Change We Seek®

New Society Publishers is committed to building an ecologically sustainable and just society not just through education, but through action. They're acting on their commitment by:

  • Printing all their books on 100% post-consumer recycled FSC-certified paper, using vegetable-based, low-VOC inks
  • Using only 100% post-consumer recycled FSC-certified paper in their office
  • Making all of their frontlist and as much as our backlist as possible available through their ebook program
  • Educating readers about minimizing the impacts of their digital devices through their Guide to Responsible Digital Reading
  • Producing a “paperless” PDF catalog and encouraging endorsers and reviewers to accept titles in electronic form
  • Offsetting their emissions to make all of their business operations carbon neutral 
  • Becoming a Certified B Corporation® Ancient-Forest Friendly Paper

In summer of 2001, New Society committed to publishing all of their forthcoming titles on acid-free paper that is Forest Stewardship Council certified, 100% old growth forest-free (100% post-consumer recycled), processed chlorine free, and printed with vegetable based, low VOC inks. They were the first North American publisher to make such a commitment. Sourcing this paper initially from New Leaf Paper in San Francisco, they have since printed over half a million books this way, and have helped start a revolution in the publishing industry.

Each New Society book contains an Eco-Audit indicating the environmental benefits of doing this in terms of:

  • Trees saved Pounds of solid waste
  • Gallons of water saved
  • Kilowatt hours of electricity saved
  • Pounds of greenhouse gases avoided
  • Pounds of HAPs, VOCs, and AOX combined, and
  • Cubic yards of landfill space saved.

Although printing on FSC-certified 100% PCW recycled paper costs a premium, it is one step toward ending global deforestation and climate change. Insist on it for all books you buy!

Carbon Neutral Program

In 2005, New Society took its commitment to the environment up another notch by becoming the first North American publishing company to become carbon neutral. Their first step is to reduce their direct emissions by curtailing their shipping and travel as much as possible. Then, each year they neutralize all of the emissions which they cannot avoid by investing in initiatives that will prevent the release of a similar quantity of emissions elsewhere, or which will achieve long-term carbon-storage.

They purchase their carbon credits locally from the Community Carbon Marketplace - a virtual “Farmer’s Market” of the carbon market - where buyers and sellers of community carbon credits can connect and lower their carbon footprints by investing in local green initiatives.

As part of their Carbon Neutral program, New Society author and consultant Guy Dauncey; produced a paper, Going Carbon Neutral: A Guide for Publishers , designed for use by any publisher in the world as a template to help them do the same. This is available free of charge as a download:

  • Going Carbon Neutral: A Guide for Publishers (US edition)
  • Going Carbon Neutral: A Guide for Publishers (Metric edition)

It is worth noting that using 100% Post Consumer recycled, Ancient Forest Friendly paper in their books and office, already yields a reduction of 36% in their annual carbon emissions over "business as usual."

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2016

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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