Thursday, March 19, 2009
Better World Books: Not From Trees
Looking for an eco-friendly bookstore? "Believing that education and access to books are basic human rights," Better World Books sells new and used books. They also collect books through book drives. They sell the collected books and use the profit to fund literacy programs around the world, including in the United States.
No books are simply tossed. They are either resold, donated, or recyled. To date, Better World Books saved 8000 tons of books from the trash heap and have sold 16 million donated books, earning $5.2 million in funding for literacy and education. They also have donated 1 million books to literacy programs.
Better World Books offers free shipping to any location within the United States (or $3.97 worldwide). They describe their shipping as carbon neutral because they purchase offsets from Carbonfund.org, if you believe in that sort of thing.
Give your Amazon account a break and pick up a tome or two from Better World Books. Your purchase will spead literacy and education while reducing waste. The person you educate may be your next door neighbor or your future business partner in India.