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September 2008


I love to read books, but unless they're classics that I truly wish to own, I usually opt for the good old Boston Public Library. It's easy to keep a running list of books, request them as needed via their online service, and pick them up at the Charlestown branch 2 blocks from my house.

My reasons for borrowing vs. buying? I read a lot of books and don't like to spend money on ones I'll read once and then just have to move/dust for the next fifty years. But the September issue of Metropolitan Home points out another good reason: each year, about 20 million trees are cut down to produce paper for books.

Enter Eco-Libris. It's for those that still prefer to buy their books, but are eco-conscious as well. At Eco-Libris, readers pledge that for every book they buy, they'll pay an extra $1 to plant a tree. While they've signed up only a handful bookstores where you can donate at time of purchase (sadly, none in MA), you can pledge $1 per book read directly on the site. Eco-Libris then collaborates with planting partners in Central America and Africa to restore local forests, and you receive a sticker for each contribution.

Eco_libris Now if we can just do away with store receipts...MetHome also reports that in the US 3,740,000 trees are sacrificed each year to produce 220K tons of receipt paper.

Rental Car

Rental Car
Rental Car
We were pretty psyched when the Avis van dropped us off at this fully loaded Cadillac.

And then we found out they gave us the wrong car...and we are now rocking a cherry red mustang with Florida plates. Sweet.

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