Eco Friendly Care for Used Books.

Count the number of books you have in your home and office - and you ‘ll be surprised.  Collect all books -  from your children’s fairy tale books, coloring books, school books, magazines, novels, cooking book, phone book to business books -  how many did you get?  The numbers might make you amazed, as most of us don’t expect there were so many books in our life. We don’t  even think of how many books we have bought because we can afford them,and once read, we tend to abandon these used books. But try to remember this: each of those used books was once a tree in the forest. The price we paid for the book did not include the environmental cost of chopping down a tree nor the pollution generated during the book production.  None of us - the loggers, the paper mills, the publisher, the bookstore owner and we, the book buyers -   can calculate the price of the environment impacts. 

Paper manufacturing is the 3rd largest user of fossil fuels worldwide.

Source: American Forest and Paper Association,

(Garner, J.W.. Energy

Conservation Practices Offer Environmental and Cost Benefits. Pulp &

Paper, October 2002).

With the global warming effect we are facing now, buying printed / traditional books seems like a sin. It’s perhaps wiser to reduce our need of printed books and change it to e-book; but what will we do to our precious used books?  Do some eco friendly way to treat them, to repay the harmful way the books are published.

Here are  some eco friendly cares of  used books :  

  • Buy Recycled books. When you have to buy a new book, always look for one made of recycled paper. Paper made with 100 percent recycled content reduces total energy used by 44 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by 38 percent, wastewater by 41 percent and virgin wood use by 100 percent.
  • Buy Used Book. New book cause another paper material. By buying second hand or used book, you can say you have a paperless book.
  • Book donation: Don’t throw away your used book to landfill. Give it to a local library or school, charitable organization, hospital, hospice, assisted living center or contact Earth or Book Crossing.
  • Donating used books creates less demand for new ones, therefore reducing demand for new paper products, which can depress the tree cutting.
  • Recycle your used book. Using post-consumer recycled fiber in producing book will create less emission and pollutant than virgin fiber, and less natural recourses used. So by having your used books recycled, you will help to cut them down.
  • Trade your used books. Exchanging used books in your community is a good idea. You can have books without paying them, and so are you friends. For wider choices of used books, you can also access some helpful used book trading sites like: BookMooch, PaperBackSwap or SwamTree.
  • Sell your used books. You can sell your used books to some secondhand / used book stores. There are some online used bookstores like: e-bay or Blue Rectangle.Com who has a buyback book program.


Whatever your books are about, each of them was once tree that used to clean our atmosphere, do some eco friendly ways to care your used books that can benefit our environment and avoid buying a new book to reduce further unfavorable environment impacts.


Save the trees, save our planet. If you have to buy books, try to buy the used ones. There is a wide collection of used book here, you might find what you are look for.

Learn what trees  do to us before you buy another book, then perhaps  consider to buy used books.

Another kind of eco friendly book : Ebook .

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