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This spring at Readers.com, we’re focused on being more environmentally conscious and doing things to get back to nature! And while we love turning the pages of a good, sturdy book from time to time, we know it’s not the greenest way to take in a piece of literature. Read on for more information on e-readers and how you can enjoy books — and movies and music, too! — in an eco-friendly fashion.
Read and Save Trees
E-reading devices can hold more than 1,000 books. How many shelves would it take to hold that many at home? If you use a tablet or an e-reader, you’ve probably already saved a few trees by purchasing digital copies instead of the print version.
According to the leading paper trade group, one cord of air-dried wood yields roughly 900 100-page hard-cover books. It takes approximately 15 trees to make a cord, so if you do the math, that makes about 30 books per tree. And that’s not counting all the fossil fuel it takes to transport all those books, magazines, and newspapers from the printer to the bookstore to your home.
A Green Investment
Downloading books on an electronic device has the potential to save a lot of forests and other precious resources. While the initial cost of a tablet or e-reader is a bit pricey, you will save money in the long run. E-books are always cheaper than their printed counterparts … and thousands are free! Whether you’re an Amazon Kindle fan, trying out the latest NOOK, or partial to the iPad — it’s time to look into more eco-friendly options.
If you’re a music or film buff, you likely have stacks and stacks of old plastic CD and DVD cases collecting dust in a closet somewhere. If not properly recycled, did you know that CDs, DVDs and their cases will last virtually forever in landfills? Burning them in an incinerator doesn’t do much either — their plastic will emit harmful gases into the atmosphere.
Helping the environment (and de-cluttering your home — check out our ultimate green home checklist here!) is as simple as curating an electronic library of music and films. Between streaming services like Netflix, Pandora, and Spotify, there are countless ways to enjoy multimedia from your tablet, computer, or smart phone.