Cottage Life wins environmental award

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

December 2nd, 2009


Cottage Life magazine has won more than 100 awards over the years, including honours for circulation and editorial, but one of our proudest achievements has been our involvement with the Aveda Environmental Award, which recognizes magazines for their sustainable paper and production processes.

This year, Cottage Life was the third-place winner in the long-time leader category. Mother Earth News and Mother Jones won first and second place. In 2006, explore magazine, also produced by Cottage Life’s publisher, Quarto Communications, received the Aveda award in the small (under 250,000) circulation category. It became the first glossy magazine in North America to print on Ancient Forest Friendly, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, 100 percent recycled paper with a minimum of 85 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. Cottage Life won the same award the following year.

Our publishing practices have a dramatic environmental impact. As Aveda noted in a press release, in a single year, explore alone saves approximately 7,781 trees, conserves energy to supply 51 homes, reduces greenhouse gases generated by 145 cars, conserves enough wastewater to fill approximately five Olympic-sized swimming pools, and reduces its solid waste that would otherwise fill 23 fully loaded garbage trucks. (Source: The Environmental Defense Paper Calculator).

It’s been a good year for us. In October, Cottage Life was named Magazine of the Year and our editorial and art contributors and staff won five gold, a silver, and two bronze awards at the annual conference of the International Regional Magazine Association, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And in June we picked up gold and silver National Magazine Awards. Congratulations to all.


We figured it was about time to show off our hardware in the Quarto office, but we were a little worried about Cottage Life style editor Corinna van Gerwen, who scaled new heights when she volunteered to assemble our Wall of Fame.





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Bryan Welch

Dec. 3, 2009

5:01 am

Congratulations, Penny. Well deserved!


Dec. 2, 2009

11:17 pm

Thanks for the comments Catherine and Mark. And Catherine, you'll have to bring the kids in again soon and see for yourself.

Dec. 2, 2009

10:53 pm

Congratulations! How wonderful. And I am so pleased to see that CL's awards are now displayed at the office.


Dec. 2, 2009

10:00 pm

Congratulations on your many awards. Your magazine is, without a doubt, my favorite. I look forward to getting in the mail. I try to savour the read, make it last. But once I start I can't seem to put the magazine down. Even though I have the magazine sent to my home, they all end up at the cottage, where they belong... Again, congratulations.

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