Mulle ei meeldinud lapsena lugeda. Kuigi ma olin just see praegu väga teemas 80ndatel aset leidvate filmide ja seriaalide laps, kes oli kõike muud kui populaarne ning väheste sõpradega. See Stranger Things tegelane, aga ilma teise dimensiooni koletisteta. Raamatute lugemise asemel vaatasin ma saksakeelseid telekanaleid ja lõin sellega hoopis hea pinnase keeltele. Mitte, et ma seda oleks ka nüüd hirmsasti arendanud ja jube palju keeli oskaks. Küll aga jäi inglise keel üsna edukalt külge ja aitas mul raamatute võlu avastada.
See juhtus kunagi keskkooli viimastel aastatel, kui avastasin, et asi polnud nii väga selles, et mul miskit raamatute vastu oleks, vaid polnud lihtsalt eesti keeles leidnud just neid lugusid, mis mind huvitaks. Lõpuks ma need aga inglise keeles avastasin ja pisiku sisse sain. Nüüdseks on see kasvanud selliseks, et kodust ilma raamatuta naljalt ei lahku ja kui oodatud seeria uus osa välja tuleb, on vaja ka elu 700 lehekülje jagu pausile panna.
Liites raamatuarmastusele Slow pühendumuse keskkonnale ja tahte harida oma lugejaid on üsna loogiline, et (lõpuks) meile ka rohkem raamatuid müüki jõuab.
Kui poodi kord alustasime, siis oli ikka väike seesmine sõda hea tahte ja tegelikult asjade müümise vastase vihaga. On ju maailmas küllalt asju, oli siis tõesti veel ühte poodi vaja? Nüüd tundub aga, et oli ja rõõmu teeb, kui saame aidata paremini tarbida. Ka raamatutega pole teisiti. Miks ‘määrida’ paberit, kui elame e-lugeri ja audioraamatute ajastul? (Sellest varsti pikemalt postituses.) Sest see paraku on sõltuvushaigus. Uue raamatu lõhn, paber sõrmede vahel ja järjehoidja edasi lükkamise rõõm ning veidi ka ärevus, kus paremas käes olev pool hirmus õhukeseks jääb.
Raamatuid ja kirjastusi valides hoiame muidugi keskkonna alati tagapeas ja üritame iga uue raamatupakiga paremaid valikuid teha. Jooksvalt täieneb Slow valik raamatutega keskkonna, kliima soojenemise, vegan toidu, jätksuutlikuma moe, aga ka enda hingeelu eest hoolitsemise jmt teemadel. Raamatuid nii tuntud kirjanikelt kui uustulnukatelt. Teaduse ja suurte mõtete vahele plaanime varsti ka mõned keskkonna teemadest inspiratsiooni saanud romaani sokutada. Loodame pakkuda sulle põnevat lugemist, raamatuid, mida ehk mujalt ei leia, kingitusi, mis mõne sõbra keskkonnasõbralikumale teele aitab lükata.
Et autoreid ja kirjastusi on mitmeid, koondame raamatud poes kõik Slow enda brändi alla. Ehk siis siia. Kui aga miskit ise vahepeal jõuame läbi lugeda, kirjutame ka sellest blogis. The World Without Us on näiteks juba ühes pikas postituses oma hetke saanud.
SLow hetke raamatute valiku leiad siit.
Veidi meie valitud kirjastustest nende endi originaalkeelsete sõnadega…
Chelsea Green (USA)
Founded in 1984, Chelsea Green Publishing is recognized as a leading publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living, publishing authors who bring in-depth, practical knowledge to life, and give readers hands-on information related to organic farming and gardening, ecology and the environment, healthy food, sustainable economics, progressive politics, and, most recently, integrative health and wellness.
In 2006, we updated our company’s vision, purpose, and approach to continue to inspire staff, authors, shareholders and business partners:
Chelsea Green sees publishing as a tool for effecting cultural change.
Our purpose is to reverse the destruction of the natural world by challenging the beliefs and practices that are enabling this destruction and by providing inspirational and practical alternatives that promote sustainable living.
Chelsea Green titles have received numerous awards and Foreword Reviews named Chelsea Green its Independent Publisher of the Year (2012) for our “significant contributions in the categories of politics and sustainable living.”
In 2012, Chelsea Green decided to practice what it publishes and became an employee-owned company, creating an ESOP in which employees control 78 percent of the company’s privately held stock. In 2019, Chelsea Green completed the transfer and became 100% employee owned! The long-term goal of converting the ownership to an ESOP is aimed at keeping Chelsea Green an independent publisher, keeping its roots firmly planted in Vermont, and ensuring that the publishing vision started in 1984 lives far into the future.
Commitment to Green Publishing: We lead the industry both in terms of content—foundational books on organic agriculture, eco-cuisine, renewable energy, green building, and ethical business—and in terms of environmental practice, printing 95 percent of our books on chlorine-free recycled paper with a minimum 30 percent post-consumer waste, using soy-based inks, whenever possible. We also print our books in North America, as opposed to overseas like many publishers, with most of our printing partners based in the United States. This keeps our carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels to a minimum.
We are members of the Green Press Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the use of recycled paper in the book industry. As part of our commitment to this process, we also include an environmental impact statement in each book we publish, identifying to readers how much trees, wastewater, solid waste, and greenhouse gases were conserved or mitigated by living up to these greener standards.
This approach is a perfect example of what is called a ”triple bottom line“ practice, one that benefits people, planet, and profit, and the emerging new model for sustainable businesses in the 21st century.
The Experiment (USA)
We are an independent publisher, founded in 2008, committed to publishing a wide range of nonfiction. Many of our books are highly practical, others are straightforwardly narrative—and some ingeniously combine practical information with narrative gusto.
We’re called The Experiment because every book is a test of new ideas—and because we’re motivated by the curiosity and wonder of the unknown that drive every scientific experiment.
Our books enlighten, empower, and entertain readers with new or freshly presented ideas, stories, and practices. One denominator common to many of our books is their helping to “detoxify our culture” (to quote the late playwright William Hoffman). Our scale is intimate, our books far-reaching.
We look for books that present highly proprietary information or a singular perspective, are exceptionally useful, although sometimes in nonstandard ways, and/or address an urgent need on the part of readers—with regard to health, well-being, or simple curiosity. And that are immaculately written and distinctively voiced.
We’ve published more than two hundred and seventy-five books since the fall of 2009, when our first books began to make their way out into the world, and more than half of those books have been reprinted at least once.
We hope that you will want to read, sell, buy, review, feature, blog about, cook from, give as a gift, license, translate, or otherwise enjoy our books!
We are part of Penguin Random House, the world’s leading trade publisher.
We champion the world’s most brilliant voices, bringing them to life in compelling and dynamic ways for audiences everywhere.
Our books shape the broader cultural life of our society and inform the national conversation. Our brands – from Ladybird to Penguin – accompany people of all ages on their journey of discovery of the greatest stories, the smartest thinking and the best ideas.
We exist to connect the world with the words that matter, through books that spark thoughts, dreams, conversations and learning.
Leading one of the most important creative sectors in the world, we are proud of our past and ambitious about our future.
Sustainability: To make books, we need paper. To make paper, we need trees. Trees and forests cover almost a third of the world’s surfaces. But we are losing them at a rapid rate.
Our sustainability pledges
- We will source 100% of our paper sustainably by 2020. 98% of the paper we used in 2017 to make our books was Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) certified – how we are defining ‘sustainably sourced’. Our aim is to increase this to 100% by 2020.
- We will measure and reduce our carbon footprint by 2020, from paper mill to bookshop. We have a responsibility to work with our partners and suppliers to reduce our environmental impact, thinking about our entire supply chain including our paper mills, printers and distribution network.
- We will only work with suppliers who have signed up to PRELIMS industry-wide environment and labour standards by 2020. We will ask all our suppliers to join PRELIMS – a publishing industry code which sets out the minimum labour and environmental standards we require, covering fair pay and working conditions, health and safety, and energy and water management.
Making our supply chain more sustainable
Each week our warehouse distribution team processes around a million books, which we receive from our printers and then transport to bookshops, retailers and wholesalers around the UK. Over the past year the team in our main warehouse in Frating, Essex, has been investing and innovating to make the way we do business on a day-to-day basis as green as possible.
As a result of their changes, so far in 2019 we have cut single use plastic within our warehouses by 47% – the equivalent of 37.6 tonnes – by reducing a significant amount of the plastic used to transport our books from suppliers and to customers. We’ve done this by investing in new processes and tools, such as moving to recycled (and recyclable) shredded cardboard – rather than plastic inlay – to pad out boxes to prevent books from being damaged in transit to our independent bookshop partners. We continue to work with our suppliers, customers and wholesalers to reduce our plastic usage further and make our supply chain even more sustainable.
In addition, we’ve transformed our warehouses to make them as energy efficient as possible. In Frating we’ve switched to a renewable energy provider (something which we’ve done across all our seven UK locations) and have moved to LED lighting, which has resulted in a 9% reduction in power consumption, despite a growth in the size of our warehouse. And we’re also working with our transport providers to better plan loads and reduce both excess and empty mileage.