Gadgets for book lovers

A tree for every book September 20, 2007

Filed under: Communities,Uncategorized — Kim @ 7:31 pm

I got this link recently for my Bookish Blog Links A-Z. Since I found it quite different and interesting, I decided to inform you about it. The link is to a blog called Eco Libris. According to them; “About 20 million trees are being cut down every year to produce paper for books sold in the U.S. alone.” 20 million?!

I find the claim quite interesting. I never really think about the trees that have to be cut down to make paper. Quite strange, since I am not only a book lover, but a huge fan of nature as well. And I do know paper comes from trees! I (almost) feel guilty… If you have come to the same revelation and you want to do something about your nagging guilt…

“Eco-Libris is offering book lovers an easy and affordable way to do something about it – plant one tree for every book they read.” According to their website you can “Balance out your books”, by planting 10 trees for 10 dollars. You receive a sticker (made from recycled paper, of course) for every tree you plant. You can learn more about it by clicking the links below, or read their news release here.

Click here to go to the Eco Libris blog. Or click here to go directly to the website that helps you “make up” for your reading.


9 Responses to “A tree for every book”

  1. Miriam Says:

    Hi, Kim,

    “Facts” can be reported to sound ominous. While there may be 20 million trees cut down every year to make paper, here in the U.S. we actually have trees that are grown and harvested specifically to be used to make paper products. In other words, we’re not going down to the local national forest and just cutting them down! Think of them as “tree farms.” They’re doing our environment good by producing oxygen for humans while being grown, and then are used for paper and cardboard products. Every year, more trees are grown to replace the ones that are harvested, and the “crops” are rotated to preserve the soil. There are huge plantations of them about 100 miles south of Spokane, which we drive by every time we go west to visit my in-laws. And many schools, homes, and businesses do their part to help the environment by recycling paper and cardboard products, as well as companies like Eco Libris. So stop with the guilt and enjoy your books!

  2. my3boysandi Says:

    some of us would be planting heaps and heaps of trees a year

  3. Sara K. Says:

    I was also thinking about posting about this organization, whose goal does not seem to be about making people feel guilty about reading or about anything, but to be about doing something positive in the world. I think most people are aware that paper comes from trees that are grown specifically for that purpose. That doesn’t mean that they don’t—in the process of becoming paper—contribute to pollution. These offsets seem a clever idea to me.

  4. Raz Godelnik Says:

    Thank you Kim for your post. I would like to comment on the issue of tree plantations that was brought up by Miriam.

    Let me start by quoting the Rainforest Portal: “Tree plantations, like forests, are full of trees. Beyond that, all similarities end. A forest is a complex, self-regenerating ecosystem, encompassing soil, water, animals, and plants living in mutual relation. A plantation, on the other hand, is a commercial tree farm whose species have been simplified to produce only one of a few goods, such as lumber, pulp, resin, oil, or fruit. ”

    Many environmental issues are associated with tree plantations. For example, the fact that plantations are usually monocultures. That is, the same species of tree is planted across a given area, whereas a natural forest would contain a far more diverse range of tree species. There are also issues relating the use of chemicals in these plantations, the usage of genetically modified trees, the impacts on local flora, degrading soil, etc.

    Please also remember that “75% of the tree plantations established in the last 20 years have been established at the expense of natural forests (USFS, SFRA 2001)”.

    All in all, tree plantations are not the solution for the problem of all the millions of trees that are cut down for the production of books. What is the solution?

    No. 1 solution is the usage of recycled paper. You can check information on more sustainable solutions on this link (from green press initiative – an organization that works to green up the book industry):

    If you have further questions on Eco-Libris or how to make your reading more sustainable, please don’t hesitate to email me at


    Raz Godelnik

    Currently, trees planting supply

  5. Abby Says:

    Also, keep in mind that avid readers and book enthusiasts are not obliged to pick up a new copy every time they’re looking to read a new book. Less trees are cut down and paper is wasted when we share our copies and utilize libraries. I appreciated reading my dad’s old copy of Catcher in the Rye so much more than I would have enjoyed reading a stiff, white paged version from B&N. Same goes for the yellow paged copy of Ishmael that my friend lent to me; it’s been passed between many friends before arriving to me. While this doesn’t solve the problem of the number of trees that are cut down for books each year, I just wanted to remind people that buying new books is not the only option and in fact, sharing is often more fun! 🙂 This is especially true when it comes to old classics and textbooks where profits due to authors is not an issue…

  6. kimbooktu Says:

    @ Abby: If everybody would plant a tree for every used book they picked up as well, the planet would get a bit overcrowded with the trees. 🙂

    But you are right, we do not always have to buy books new. Good for the environment, good for the bank account.

    At the rate the hubby and I are going though, we should be responsible for a small forest. This considering that we buy used books quite often too. Oh, well. Other hobbies are way more environmentally damaging then reading.

  7. Sara K. Says:

    Though I fully agree with Abby about the joys of reading dog-eared books and the importance of libraries, don’t forget that people who make books must eat, just like those lumberjacks!

  8. […] you balance out your reading, by selling trees you can plant via them. (Learn more about it in this post.) We came up with a fun contest with original […]

  9. […] sticker represents a tree which will be planted in your name.  (Read more about Eco-Libris in this previous […]

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