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LeftLion Sustainability Statement

3 May 21

In early 2021 we conducted a sustainability review across the whole LeftLion business operation, because we want you to be confident we’re doing everything we can to face up to the climate crisis. We want to make sure we’re having as little negative impact on the environment as possible, and we’re working towards a future where we can have a net positive impact.

Print

Leftlion Magazine is fully recyclable and home-compostable. We print on paper that is recycled or made using FSC certified sources, which means you can be confident that any forestry in our name is being conducted responsibly and sustainably. Our printers boast one of the most modern and efficient printing presses in the UK, and it’s run on 100% renewable energy. We also aim to never print more magazines than we need to minimise waste, so every one of them (bar a few archive copies) ends up in our readers hands. If there is ever any wastage, it’s recycled.

Digital

We’re committed to powering LeftLion.co.uk sustainably, and we’re looking to move our website over to completely renewable powered, carbon neutral servers at the next opportunity. Our current servers are based in highly efficient data centres that use no air conditioning, with a consumption rate of 200 kg of CO2 emissions on average per server / year, vs the average of 458 kg CO2e per server / year. Our cloud computing services are handled via Google who are a carbon neutral company, and we’re working to make sure other services we use are as eco-friendly in their own working practices as possible.

Coverage

Since our foundation, LeftLion has always taken environmental issues seriously. With the increasing risk of catastrophic climate change, and the growing appetite for more coverage of these issues, we’re growing our environmental coverage; we’ve installed a new editorial lead on the subject, and you’ll be seeing more stories in LeftLion focusing on the local environment.

Other bits

We’ve reviewed our supply chain to make sure that all our office supplies are as sustainable as possible. We also use rechargeable batteries, and we recycle any old technology that we’re getting rid of. We’re also exploring options for zero-emission delivery of our magazine, such as electric vehicles, and as many deliveries as possible are made on foot.

If you’ve got any specific questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to email our Partnerships Manager and sustainability lead Adam Pickering on adam.pickering(AT)leftlion.co.uk.

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LeftLion is Nottingham’s meeting point for information about what’s going on in our city, from the established organisations to the grassroots. We want to keep what we do free to all to access, but increasingly we are relying on revenue from our readers to continue. Can you spare a few quid each month to support us?

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