services 02.25.08

Eco-Libris

Every year, 20 million trees are cut down to supply virgin paper for books. That's for the U.S. alone.

Eco-Libris is a green business devoted to offsetting that loss. It partners with bookstores across the country so that when you check out, you can pay for a tree to be planted in a developing country—an elegantly green solution.

Two NY institutions, the Strand, 828 Bway [12th] 212.473.1452, and Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe, 2319 Fred Doug Blvd [124th/125th] 212.665.7400, the country's largest African-American bookstore, are the city's first bookstores to join up with Eco-Libris. We applaud their commitment.

You can also go to the organization's site and, say, balance out the purchase of 10 books with a $10 fee. Ten trees will then be planted.

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Books

Another way to do right by your carbon footprint when it comes to books is to join one of the swapping groups online. Here are a few of them:
Bookins
What's On My Bookshelf
Readers United
Paperback Swap


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