ART+science Media Roundup: 9/26/08
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Eco-Libris

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.

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