In July 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed the Biblio website for the company's environmental policy or report. On the website, the company stated that it was committed to “preserving the environment” and that the environment was one of the company’s four focus areas that was embedded in its business practices. It also mentioned that the company practised “recycling, energy-efficiency, compost, paper reduction where possible, and encourage buying local to reduce the carbon footprint”. The company did not provide any clear policies or reports relating to its environmental impacts.

Biblio mainly sold used books and stated that “buying used instead of new wherever possible is a great way that "green-conscious" consumers can reduce their environmental impact”.
As the company had a turnover of less than £10.2 million and was considered to be providing an environmental alternative it received an exemption under Ethical Consumer's Environmental Reporting category and therefore scored a best rating.

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Biblio UK website (20 July 2021)

In July 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed the website of Biblio, looking for information on what the company was doing to tackle climate change.
The company had a turnover below £10.2m, and as it focused largely on the sale of used books it was considered to be cutting carbon, and therefore received a middle rating by default. It could receive a best if it explicitly discussed ways it reduced its climate impacts.
Biblio mainly sold used books and stated that “buying used instead of new wherever possible is a great way that "green-conscious" consumers can reduce their environmental impact”. The company’s website stated that it practised “recycling, energy-efficiency, compost, paper reduction where possible, and encourage buying local to reduce the carbon footprint.” The company did not mention the climate-related impacts of the production of the new books it was selling.
The website stated that the company was “providing free carbon neutral shipping with every book purchase”. To make these carbon emission reductions, Biblio claimed that it “operates in partnership with NativeEnergy, a privately-held Native American energy company”, which oversees an energy offsetting programme. However, Ethical Consumer did not consider carbon offsetting a meaningful way in which to reduce emissions.
Overall, though Biblio did briefly mention ways it tries to reduce its climate impacts, its carbon neutral shipping programme depended on carbon offsets. However, as the company was climate cutting by mainly selling second hand books, Biblio received a middle rating for carbon management and reporting and lost only half a mark under Climate Change.

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Biblio UK website (20 July 2021)