Practising sustainablility in publishing in 10 easy steps

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…it’s like Blue Peter for environmentally-friendly designers.

A really nice use of a recycling tip – I love these envelopes! Someone in the office showed me how to make them from old proof pages of our books, and they do make good stationery.

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But how do you get from this

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to this?

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 (Just a few we made earlier…)

Make your own ‘designed’ envelopes – we’d rather you didn’t destroy our books to do it, just any old card/paper will do! (We do like ours with crop marks and colour bars though). Here’s how in 10 easy steps:

1. Fold down the longest edges to create flaps.



2. Fold the page, leaving a reasonable sized space at the top (for the envelope flap).



3. Using scissors, snip the flaps to the edge of the paper, following the edge of the page which you have folded up.



4. Cut the corners off the area which forms the flap of the envelope.



5. Get a piece of double-sided sticky tape and place it along the inside edge of the envelope flap, to seal it – or you could also just seal it with a piece of sellotape on the outside when finished.



6. Fold the flap over – the envelope now has its basic shape.



7. Make a little sellotape loop (or you could use double-sided sticky tape, but this allows less room in the envelope).



8. Use this sellotape to secure the sides of the envelope together.



9. Put a sticky label on the front of your envelope for the name and address.



10. Done! You should now have a very professional looking envelope…

11 - Finished envelope front



Now go recycling crazy and write to everyone you know :)

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If you’re interested, we do have a book called Design for Sustainable Change coming out next year…this is the current cover design but it will change:

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Thanks go to those innocent people who come up with stuff like this all the time:

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