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Natürlich Magellan

Natural Magellan – Naturally Sustainable

Magellan focuses on environmental sustainability in production to a high degree – but what does that even mean? That’s exactly what we would like to take a closer look at here, because sustainability has been a core principle of Magellan and its publishing philosophy since its founding in 2012. 💚

Our Green Book Production

2.	The picture shows a close-up of an open book on a meadow. It shows the endpaper, which is illustrated with cartoonish daisies, leaves and clover on a baby-blue background and the Natural Magellan heart with the info on our green production. On the left side of the picture, a hand holds a daisy facing up above the book.   3.	The picture shows a close-up of an open book on a meadow. It shows the endpaper, which is illustrated with cartoonish daisies, leaves and clover on a baby-blue background and the focus lies on the Natural Magellan heart with the info on our green production. On the upper left sits a black Magellan whale in the grass between the daisies.

 

Maybe you have already spotted the green 💚 on and inside our books. With this label, we would like to highlight our book production, which we design as environmentally friendly as possible.

💚 The majority of our books and games are produced in Germany – therefore our ways of transportation are very short and we can avoid high CO2 emissions from the beginning. The books and games we produce abroad are manufactured in neighbouring European countries. We deliberately forego production in Far Eastern countries.

💚 Our materials are as environmentally friendly as possible. We use natural vegetable-oil-based ink, solvent-free glues, and water-based varnishes. Thus, even the smallest, who love to explore the world with their mouth, won’t come into contact with pollutants; and the environment will be preserved as well.

💚 Our paper is FSC©-certified paper from responsible sources, which means the resources for paper production come from FSC©-certified woods, recycled materials as well as material from controlled sources (Controlled Wood).

💚 We save plastics: Regarding our books, this is rather simple. We have foregone shrink-wrapping them for quite some time now. Our games provide a bigger challenge in this regard. Naturally, we want them to reach the consumers undamaged, so we decided to use glue points to hold the packaging together. Of course, the game materials are not made of plastics either. Instead, we use cardboard, carton, wooden composite, or wood, just to name a couple of examples.

Our Green Partners

1.	A picture of the picture book “Der kleine Orang-Utan – Zu Hause im Regenwald“ (translation: The Little Orang-Utan - At Home in the Rainforest) written by Kristina Scharmacher-Schreiber und illustrated by Christine Faust on a piece of weathered wood with tree bark. The cover shows the illustration of a baby Orang-Utan in the treetops.   5.	A picture of a wooden Magellan whale sitting on a shovel right next to a freshly planted conifer sapling in the woods.

 

Besides our environmentally friendly production factors, we work with different organizations and companies focusing on sustainability and environmental protection. We would like to make our contribution beyond the boundaries of our company. Just look around, maybe you would like to take on an animal sponsorship or plant trees yourselves!

Animal Welfare Organizations

Maybe you have already noticed that there’s a second logo printed on our books The Little Orang-Utan and The Little Whale. This way, we would like to highlight two organizations we work with:

The association Borneo Orangutan Survival Germany (BOS e.V. Deutschland), a non-profit environment- and species protection organisation, which is committed to protect the last Orang-Utans and their habitat on Borneo.

The foundation firmm (foundation for information and research on marine mammals), which is committed to protect marine mammals and their habitat.

Planting Trees

In the beginning of 2018, we planted trees to balance the paper consumption in our office for the first time.

Since then, planting trees has become a beloved tradition to which we look forward to every year and for which even our management likes to take up a shovel once in a while. In total, we have already planted almost 5.000 trees. We worked together with forestry operations in the Donau-Ries (Danube-Ries) and Franconian Switzerland. Since 2020, we have cooperated with the Steigerwald Zentrum Oberschwarzach.

In addition, we support Projekt Lebenswald of BOS e.V. focusing on the reforestation of the rainforest in the Mawasa territory in Borneo.

Our Green Contents

Environmental protection starts in the head: Therefore, we would also like to highlight topics such as plastic free living, near-natural gardening, or species and nature protection in our books and games. Here you can find a small selection of current titles:
 

6.	A picture of a child holding and looking at Johanna Prinz’s non-fiction picture book “Was lebt oben? Was lebt unten?” (translation: What lives above? What down below?) taken from above and behind. The cover shows an assortment of animals and their natural habitats around the world above and below the ground level.   7.	A picture of a child holding the picture book “Was lebt oben? Was lebt unten?” (translation: What lives above? What down below?) by Johanna Prinz opened to the endpapers which show a world map illustrated with the different habitats and the animals that live there. You can only see the torso and the legs of the child, which is pointing at a pod of killer whales on the right side.

 

What Lives Above? What Down Below? by Johanna Prinz will sweep you away on a factual yet poetic trip around the world above and below the surface.

The highest temperature ever measured lies at 54 degrees Celsius in Death Valley, California 🔥. The coldest place, on the other hand, is the Siberian village Oimjakon, where temperatures fall below -50 degree Celsius in winter ❄. Earth is not just a place full of contrasts, but also home to an unbelievable amount of species, as well as a variety of eco-systems, natural phenomena, and mysterious yet undiscovered worlds 🌎.
 

8.	A picture of an adult and a child holding the book “Kleine Geheimnisse der Natur – Wald und Wiese” (translation: Nature’s Little Secret - Forest and Meadow) by Anett Stütze and Britta Vorbach. The opened book cover takes up most of the image. It shows the illustration of a meadow at dawn, with a deer sleeping underneath a tree.   9.	The picture of an adult reading “Kleine Geheimnisse der Natur – Wald und Wiese” (translation: Nature’s Little Secret - Forest and Meadow) by Anett Stütze and Britta Vorbach to a toddler. The book is opened to a page showing the illustration of a countryside landscape. The adult points to a bird sitting in a tree, illustrated on the far right on the first double-page.

 

With a lot of knowledge to share, the author-duo Stütze & Vorbach would like to let you in on Nature’s Little Secrets – Forest and Meadow.

4 billion hectares of forest grow on our planet – that’s almost one third of the world’s landmass 🌲. Additionally, around two thirds of the 1.6 million known animal, plant and mushroom species live in those woods all around the globe. In no other habitat is the biodiversity as large and multifaceted.
 

A picture of the non-fiction book “Grüner Daumen” (translation: Green Thumb) by Eliz Simon in a garden. The book is in the centre perched on a stool in front of the greenery. To the left, there are some empty flower pots in the background and to the right, some cocktail tomatoes in several stages of ripening. The illustrated cover by Inka Vigh shows three people in a gardening scene.   10.	A close-up picture of the Blue Angel Eco Label printed on the cover of one of our books.   A picture of the non-fiction book “Grüne Helden” (translation: Eco Heroes) by Nadine Schubert positioned to the left side and in front of an assortment of canning jars in different sizes holding flour, sugar, quinoa, and several types of rice. The cover is illustrated by Inka Vigh and shows three people using reusable packaging for their shopped goods.

 

Eliz Simon explains sustainable gardening and planting for children in Green Thumb. The author has been living on a farm and providing the whole family with fruits and vegetables from her big self-sufficent garden for 30 years. She shares her knowledge and provides many upcycling tips, information, and projects regarding vegetables, berries, trees, animals, and sustainable gardening and planting with children.

In ECO Heroes, Nadine Schubert gives background information on plastics and how they affect our planet as well as numerous tips and tricks on how to reduce plastic consumption in everyday life for children and adults alike.

Our books Green Thumb as well as ECO Heroes are printed on Blue Angel eco-labelled paper.