With September rolling around and the back to school shopping in full swing, books are more prominent than ever. It’s officially book season. And whether you’re an elementary schooler, a senior in high school, a university student, a parent, or a loving aunt/uncle/grandparent… books will probably be on your radar in the coming weeks.
So assuming you know that books are going to be on your shopping list in the near future and assuming that you know that making books requires chopping down a lot of trees, how do you resolve this dilemma?
Eco-Libris, a company founded by Israelis, is in the business of greening your books. While other companies help offset carbon emissions, Eco-Libris helps readers offset their literary carbon emissions. For every book that you’d like to offset, the company will get one of their partners in a developing area to plant trees (thus essentially replacing the trees that were chopped down to produce the book you’re reading).
In return, not only do you get to feel better about your book shopping, but you get a bookplate sticker to put on your book – an Eco-Libris sticker. The sticker is not only a play on the classic Ex Libris bookplate sticker, but it lets people know that you care about the trees used to create paper used in books.
So how exactly does Eco-Libris work?
People log onto their website and decide how many books they’d like to offset (the website recommends one tree per book). By providing an affordable and simple book-offsetting solution, Eco-Libris makes it that much easier to replace the trees used to make your pages. Then the company works with planting partners to plant the customer’s trees in developing countries moving towards a more sustainable future. Everyone wins. You get to read sustainably, and somewhere out there a tree cleans our air.
Looking for more ways to ‘green’ your reading?
Reuse It or Lose It: Ready It Again, Sam
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