Blog Action Day: Read, recycle, replant

I am participating in Blog Action Day 2007 on three blogs this year which means three posts about the environment. If you haven’t heard of Blog Action Day, the website for the event best summerizes it:

On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind – the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.

Blogging on three blogs today means I need three topics since I would really rather not just repost the same snippet everywhere. Three blogs, three different focuses, one general idea. I came across an email from Eco-Libris about replanting trees for every book you read and immediately found my topic for

The concept from Eco-Libris is simple; books are made of paper, paper comes from trees, trees must be replanted to be able to continue enjoying books. Their service is like buying green credits. If you read ten books, you can plant ten trees for ten dollars. The more trees you plant, the bigger the discount (kind of like buying trees in bulk). Can’t beat that with a stick.

Eco-Libris plants the trees you purchase in developing countries. Local residents play a part in the planting and the trees are located in areas that need them. Planting new trees provide benefits such as carbon dioxide absorption, soil and water conservation, avalanche control, and desertification prevention. Besides the warm fuzzies you get inside by participating in the cause, Eco-Libris also gives you a sticker made from recycled paper to place on each book you balance out.

As an avid reader my favorite way to recycle books has been to leave them in the wild after registering them with BookCrossing is like social networking for books. Once you have registered your book, it receives a unique ID. You can buy or print labels that include instructions for the finder of you book so that they may return to the site and leave a message about your book. It has been a load of fun to tag my books then leave them  at malls, libraries, stores and colleges. The most satisfying part of recycling this way has been when someone logs into and reports that they found the book. Sharing the love of reading couldn’t get much more fun.

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