Journi's Sustainability Measures
A love for the planet is in Journi’s DNA. Our founders started the company out of a passion for seeing the world. Naturally, therefore, we all care deeply about the environment. That's why we're committed to keeping our impact on the Earth as minimal as possible. We want to help preserve the world for future generations so that they can explore its natural beauty, just like we do today. Obviously, creating anything, whether physical or digital, has an impact, but we’re dedicated to finding the best solutions and are constantly striving to make our actions as gentle on the environment as we can. We aren’t perfect - but in this case, we’re perfectionists.
Here’s how our products are environmentally friendly:
Plastic-Free PackagingIn Europe and North America
A Tree Planted for Every OrderWe support reforestation
Production Partners Closer to YouWe reduce our carbon footprint
Sustainably sourced paperHigh-quality, FSC-certified paper
Every day we want to improve the way we do things to help protect the environment we live in. Therefore, we decided to use 100% recycled cardboard in Europe and the US. However, we're still working to ensure plastic-free packaging in Australia, a big countries where the average distance for delivery is higher than in Europe and where packages have higher risk of being damaged. In some regions in Australia, the weather can be very humid and as paper is a natural product, it can be easily influenced by the weather. Respecting our planet and ensuring a damage-free product for you are our priorities!
A Tree Planted for Every Order
We support reforestation projects all around the world. After collaborating with Plant-for-the-Planet for a few years, we’ve now teamed up with Eden Reforestation Projects to make sure that for every order you place with Journi, a tree will be planted. That’s a promise. Your Journi products are therefore not only lovely to look at, but also help fight deforestation, provide a workplace to members of remote communities and protect native species in different parts of the world - from Brazil, Haiti and Honduras, over Madagascar, Kenya, Ethiopia and Mozambique, all the way to Nepal, The Philippines and Indonesia. You can learn more about Eden Reforestation Projects on their website.
Sustainably sourced paper
Browsing through your memories just feels so much better when you know that you are touching sustainably sourced and produced paper. The high-quality paper that we use in our photo books comes exclusively from FSC-certified forests which means that the woodland is managed according to 10 principles which aim to preserve biological diversity and benefit the lives of locals and workers, while also making sure it is economically viable. The forests are also close to our production facilities because, well, it just makes ecological sense!
Production Partners Closer to You
Why would we ship our photo products to you from half-way around the world? Whether you’re in Europe, the UK, the US or Australia, we work with production partners located close to where you are.All of our production partners are chosen to fulfil our 3 main criteria:
Products made where our customers are.We keep shipping distances to a minimum - when we see high demand in an area, we'll try to find a partner to print products locally. About 73% of our orders travel less than 500km (or 310 miles) from the production facility to the delivery address - a number that we're very proud of.
Only the best of the best.We want only the best quality for our products, so before we start working with a new print partner, there are strict quality assessments to make sure that the products meet our high standards. Additionally, all our production partners go through a thorough onboarding process with our printing partner from Germany who we have been working together with the longest in order to exchange printing expertise.
Gentle on humans and the planet.When choosing our print partners, we make sure that all workers are treated well and paid fairly. This also applies to production processes: We don't support production facilities which use materials or processes which are harmful to their workers. Our environmental impact is also very important to us, so if our print partners don't already offer sustainable materials, we actively support them in developing more environmentally friendly solutions. All of our production partners already recycle their paper waste according to local regulations and many of them use FSC-certified paper and plastic-free packaging.
All orders for the UK are made in London, England. Our print partner there uses cutting-edge technology for our products. All paper is FSC-certified and they also use 100% cardboard packaging to wrap the orders.
Our print partner in Australia is located in New South Wales. This is our newest partnership - we only started working together in 2022. While the production processes ensure top-notch quality, we are still in the process of coming up with a way of keeping our packaging plastic-free here. Orders in Australia tend to travel greater distances which exposes them to the humid and variable climate for longer periods of time. So far we have not found a 100% paper solution that allows them to withstand these conditions but we are committed to finding one soon!
Our print partner in Europe is located in Bavaria, Germany. Not only does the team always look for the most innovative solutions in printing, but they also have a very sustainable focus: they cover their entire electricity demand with their own photovoltaic system and their packaging is 100% plastic-free.
In the US, we work together with two production partners. Our partner in Maryland supplies the East coast with books printed on FSC-certified paper using the latest technology and plastic-free packaging. We work with a second partner in Utah who produces all orders for the West coast. Having worked last year on a plastic-free packaging solution with this partner, we are proud to say that as of February 2023, this partner also now ships our products using 100% paper and cardboard wrapping.
We care about sustainability
"What's better than aligning the values of our employees with those of the company? Both as a Journi team and as individuals, we care deeply about our impact on the environment. We get annual tickets for public transport, organise clothing swaps, many of us are vegetarian/vegan, and, of course, we design and produce our products environmentally friendly."
Bianca Busetti, CPO & Co-Founder