Day 44: Borrowed Book From Library Instead of Having Friend Ship Cross Country

Day 44: Borrowed Book From Library Instead of Having Friend Ship Cross Country

This morning I borrowed a book from the library. I hear you saying, “Wait a second. You borrowed books from the library the other day. That’s cheating.”

Yes you are correct, I did borrow books from the library the other day, but the book that I borrowed today was recommended by Jayme Jenkins of aHaModernLiving and NestInStyle.

She offered to mail it to me, but I told her there was no need to waste the packaging and shipping. I would just borrow it from the library, which I did.

I couldn’t find any numbers on the environmental impact of mail that weren’t conducted by the USPS, which of course are skewed in their favor. I’m sure there is some kind of environmental impact incurred from a cross country trip and the packaging though.

So I’ll recycle the fact about books in the United States…

“Each year in the United States, 1.1 million tons of books are sent away with the garbage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Of that total, only 0.5 percent are recovered for recycling…When you borrow from the library, you’re not only reusing a product but are also keeping that book from almost certain demise.” (Courtesy of BlueEgg)

What was your simple green act for the day?

  • Tammy in TN
    Haha, I just read that book, and it made me swear off Bryson books. It's like he needed a way to sell more books so he said "Hey, I'll get my lazy ass out of this chair, hike the trail, and make a shitload of money!"

    Great post! You inspired me yesterday to catch rainwater and water my plants with it. And today I actually used my baby's bathwater to flush the toilet!
  • Mike Lieberman
    LOL. It was recommended to me by a few people, so I thought I'd check it out.

    Glad I could inspire. It totally makes this worth it for me. Thanks for sharing with me.
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