Eco-conscious reading

Ebook or paper book–what’s better for the environment, carbon-wise? Here’s what I just read in a book called “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living” from the Union of Concerned Scientists. 1) Manufacturing an e-reader produces about the same emissions as manufacturing 20-40 books 2) producing a paperback causes about 5.5 pounds of emissions, but 3) driving to the store produces more emissions than that. Bottom line? Which form is better probably depends on your reading habits..but ultimately, changing your driving habits will probably have far more impact on the environment than changing the way you read (source: page 163). Whatever you do, don’t stop reading and learning!! Cooler Smarter


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