While I try to be green on a daily basis, Earth Day has got me thinking more about my not-so-green reading habits. Generally, I buy paperback books from Amazon or B&N, read them, put them back on my shelf and wait for someone in my family to request one. While this habit makes for a bookshelf worth bragging about, it has undeniably led to the destruction of more trees than I would like to think about. In fact, according to Eco-Libris, more than 30 million trees are being cut down each year to produce the books sold in the US alone. Yikes.
Thus, I am going to attempt to change my reading habits. Here is what I’m thinking:
(1) Exchange books with friends: After I read a book I know a friend would love I can mail it to them and request they do the same for me, or gift it to them for an occasion.
(2) Buy used: Amazon offers a ton of used titles, usually starting at around $2.
(3) Hit up the library: While I frequent the NYPL on fifth and 42nd, I haven’t yet been to a library to check out a book. Come to think of it, I don’t even own a library card.
(4) Research which publishers offer books printed on treeless or recycled paper and support them by buying a book or two.
(5) Visit Eco-Libris to plant a tree for every book you read. Accepting Visa and MasterCard, Eco-Libris has made it easier than ever to plant a tree ($5 per tree). Not only does this liberate your guilt, but Eco-Libris will also send you a sticker to display on your book’s sleeve so you can proudly show off your greenness. Now that would make for a bookshelf worth bragging about.