It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here due to the utter insanity that was my junior year of high school. Between the SAT and AP exams, I had absolutely no time to write posts or take pictures. Luckily, my academic year is wrapping up, so I decided to take a few minutes to provide this community with information and tips regarding a topic of importance to me: our planet.
I am not an environmentalist or scientist, so if you want to learn about how human activity harms the earth, I recommend doing a quick Google search. Lately, I have seen countless posts regarding global warming and climate change, and I just wanted to reach out to you all to let you know that we as book nerds can do things in our lives to help combat the consequences of climate change. If you have any additional ideas about how members of the bookish community can help protect our planet, please share them in the comments!
One of my favorite things to reuse is books! I am lucky enough to have multiple used bookstores in my area (some of which are local), so I can purchase new books, turn in old ones, and support local businesses all at the same time! By purchasing used books instead of new ones and donating your own books, you can decrease waste and provide your treasured books with another wonderful home. If you have one in your area, I highly recommend 2nd and Charles. They resell books, movies, and more! You can earn cash or store credit for your trade-ins (I am not sponsored by them; I just wanted to let you all know about them).
I know the whole ebook vs paperback debate is ongoing within the bookish community. Trust me, I absolutely adore the feeling of holding a physical book in my hand. However, e-readers involve less paper usage and yield less waste. If e-books really aren’t your thing, make sure to try some of the other tips I have listed!
There are so many locations where you can donate old books that you’ve already read and do not see yourself needing in the future. Goodwill is a fantastic option. Many libraries also accept used books to sell or offer to patrons. Schools may also accept donations for classroom libraries.
Libraries are a wonderful free option to enjoy reading while supporting the environment! Checking out library books instead of purchasing new editions helps to reduce waste. I personally prefer the feeling of strolling through a library and hand-selecting books, but many libraries also offer e-books which can be read on e-readers and smart devices!
Wrap Up & Bonus Stuff
I apologize for the short length of this post. I wanted to focus on a few key ideas that many people can try, and I hope to draw attention to how readers can take actions in the movement to help the environment. Hopefully, the tips and information within this post will encourage you to carefully consider both where you buy books from and where they go once you have finished them.
I promise I’m not sponsored by 2nd and Charles (I just wish I was). Just wanted to show y’all this super cool wall at their store! It’s made from recycled books. I had lots of fun taking pictures of it, and I thought it served as a great visual representation of the ideas I’m trying to convey in this post.
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