Be an activist

Guinness World Records strives every day to have the minimum possible impact on the planet. 

That's why, in this year's edition, we shine a spotlight on a theme that impacts us all: the environment.

Earthwatch Europe, an environmental charity with science at its heart, created for Guinness World Records 2022 a set of special lesson plans and fun activities to learn more about the Earth.

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About Earthwatch

Knowledge is power, and Earthwatch Europe is a charity that empowers people to know more about our planet and live in balance with nature.  

Every day, Earthwatch connects people with the natural world, monitoring the health of our natural resources and informing the actions that will have a positive impact. 

Offering outdoor activities and environment-focused programmes for educators, this charity works to empower and inspire the next generation to take action by working with teachers and pupils.
Learn more about Earthwatch here


Guinness World Records: our book production

Environmental issues are a problem that concerns us all. 

For the 2022 edition of the book, Guinness World Records decided to shine a spotlight on the environment to provide a snapshot of its many aspects. However the fight for a better, more sustainable world impacts us all every day. 

At Guinness World Records, each year we are committed to ensuring the ethical and responsible production of the book. 

Production shot with Jane and Craig

Paper Procurement 

We use chain of custody certified paper and 100% of our books produced in 2020 were PEFC certified.

The annual book is 98% recyclable, containing PEFC accredited paper sourced in Finland and other paper products (boards, endpapers, and covers), endpapers and covers printed with vegetable-based inks, and packed in FSC accredited cartons.  

Supply Chain 

Our printer, Mohn Media, work with sustainable products and ensure that their production processes are environmentally sound.

They are ISO 14001 registered, which is the International standard for environmental management. As a company, they continuously strive to reduce their CO2 emissions and their innovative use of combined heat and power technology means that our books are produced using 52% less carbon compared to traditional energy consumption in Germany. Mohn have achieved this with the use of their own heat and power plant (CHP), which uses natural gas as the primary energy carrier and sells their un-used electricity back to the grid.

Mohn Media is part of the Bertelsmann Printing Group which has set itself the target of being climate neutral by 2030 through a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases, switching to 100% green electricity, and offsetting remaining emissions.

Looking to the future

We know there's still plenty we can do, so we are researching the wider sustainability of our entire supply chain and how it can be improved - from paper mills to printers to distributors worldwide and the transport that links each part of the chain.

Production of GWR book