Kedzie Press And Eco-Libris Plant A Tree For Every Book Sold
US book readers cost the earth some 20 million trees every year. The virgin paper on which the books are printed absorbs that many trees. Two environmentally aware publishing houses, Eco-Libris and the Seattle publisher Kedzie Press have joined ranks to combat the problem. Their solution is simple: they plant a tree for every book they sell.
The Million Tree-A-Thon, is run by Eco-Libris and the aim is to plant one million trees by December 2009. Everybody that buys a book automatically enters the program, but not only book lovers are targeted. Eco-Libris works with publishers, writers, bookstores, and others in the book industry to balance out the paper used for books by planting trees.
Aside from Kedzie Press, Eco-Libris has struck deals with two more organizations in the US and the UK, which work in collaboration with local communities in developing countries to plant the trees.
Kedzie Press writes on its website that the books on its list have socially conscious and/or environmentally friendly messages, are printed on 100% recycled, 100% post-consumer waste paper (Forest Stewardship Council certified) that has been chlorine free processed. Two interesting titles are The Green Teen, a guide by Jenn Savege and a biography of the pioneer/ecologist Henry Chandler Cowles who died in 1939.
The Million-Tree-A-Thon operates in Latin America (Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, Belize, and Honduras) and Africa (Malawi). The trees will grow in areas where deforestation is a crucial problem. In addition to combating deforestation, the trees will improve crops and provide food and income for local populations.