Sunday, November 11, 2007

Eco-Libris - Sustainable & Responsible Business of the Week

Booklovers and reading aficionados everywhere can buy an "offset" for every book they read. At Eco-Libris, the idea is simple: people can plant one tree for every book they read. The following information is taken from their website.

"We believe that taking responsibility for the environmental costs of the books we read is only natural. We strive for a world where reading books doesn’t have adverse effects on the environment, and therefore our mission is to make reading much more sustainable than it is today. Eventually (and hopefully sooner then later), books will be made from recycled paper or other eco-friendly materials. But till then, we can still do something to make the world greener."

"A tree (actually 1.3 trees - for example, 13 trees are planted for every 10 you pay for, as detailed below) will be planted by our planting partners (in a developing country) for every book you balance out. You will also receive an Eco-Libris sticker to put on your book and demonstrate your commitment to the environment, with the sticker saying "One Tree was planted for this book."'

"Since not all trees survive during their growth, we plant 1.3 trees for every tree you pay for - for example, 13 trees will be planted when you pay for 10 trees. In this way we significantly increase the chance that at least 10 trees will actually mature and live happily ever after. Currently, our planting partners plant trees in Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama (all in Central America) and Malawi (Africa). "

Eco-Libris is a service of Redwood Visions Consulting LLC, a private company based in California.

1 comment:

Raz Godelnik said...

Dr. N,

Thank you for choosing Eco-Libris as the sustainable & responsible business of the week!

We work hard now to spread the word on sustainable reading especially when the holidays are just around the corner and many people consider buying books as gifts.

I also invite everyone to check out our holiday green gift guide for book lovers, where we bring recommendations for green books that are also great gifts -

Raz Godelnik

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