A few days ago, L’il Cayenne and I were watching The Wiggles. Murray was trying to figure out why his encyclopedia weighed more than his cook book (he’s not too sharp). Jeff pointed out that although a single page weighs hardly anything, a lot of pages together (like in an encyclopedia) are quite heavy. It got me thinking about the huge number of pages in my house.
Cosmically, I then received an e-mail yesterday from an organization called Eco-Libris. The idea behind the new earth friendly group is to provide a method for book lovers to offset their dead tree habit by paying for the planting of new trees. Their web site says:
Every book was once a tree.
Now you can plant a tree for every book you read.
I have some issues with the one-to-one correspondence between books and trees. However, the site charges $5 to plant five trees, which seems pretty reasonable. Check them out for one more way to reduce that big ‘ol footprint you’ve got.
I have a ton of books all over my house. Still, I don’t feel as bad about books as I do newspapers. Books will be re-used, shared, sold at a garage sale, or donated to charity. I’ve never seen anyone throw a box of books into a trash can. Newspapers on the other hand…