What do they do: You have all probably heard about TerraPass or some other organization like that where you can offset your carbon emission from the purchase of a plane ticket. Eco-Libris does the same thing but for your purchase of books. Even if you did take my advice from a previous post about going to the library for your reading needs you may be in school or you may want to purchase a book for reference (I recently purchased a book on gardening that I have referred to three times in the last week). Eco-Libris plants trees to replace the trees used for the books you purchased.
Their Mission: “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. We are committed to doing our best for this to happen as quickly as possible. This is why we decided to aim high and to set a challenging goal for ourselves: we want to balance out half a million books by the end of 2008.”
How they do it (fascinating facts, this is unedited from their website):
You decide how many books you want to balance out with Eco-Libris
About 20 Million trees are cut down annually for virgin paper used for the production of books sold in the U.S. alone. That’s definitely a problem – trees are one of the most valuable natural resources we have. They literally form the foundations of many natural systems and provide us with numerous benefits (carbon dioxide absorption, soil and water conservation, avalanche control, desertification prevention to name a few).
Eco-Libris is providing you now with a simple and affordable way to do something about it. All you have to do is to choose how many books you want to balance out with Eco-Libris, pay for it online, and a tree will be planted for each of these books.
Eco-Libris works with its planting partners to plant your trees in developing countries
Our planting partners are organizations that work in developing countries. Their planting and conservation activities are an integral part of their efforts to help local communities in these countries move towards a sustainable future. We make sure that your trees will be planted where they provide significant value for both the environment and the local communities, who are very much involved and play an important part in the planting projects.
You receive an Eco-Libris sticker for every book you balance out
The Eco-Libris sticker, which is made from recycled paper, is designed for you to put on the cover of the books you balance out, to show your commitment to sustainability and responsible use of natural resources. We hope you show off these books and inspire your family, friends and colleagues to take responsibility for their books as well.
Planting trees is the first step towards sustainable reading. We encourage you to explore a few more.
We would like to see more (and eventually all) books printed in an environmental friendly manner on recycled paper. If virgin paper is being used, then it should only be from certified forests. You can help make this happen by writing publishers and encouraging them to do the right thing. Also, you can help by spreading the word – tell your family and friends about Eco-Libris and about the way books should be produced.
Their Website: http://www.ecolibris.net
I thought this was a good company to talk about because we have talked about trees so much in the last few posts.
(edited: per comment… they are a green company, they are not a non-profit)