By Remo Mathonsi

What happens to that book on your shelf once it has served its purpose? 

It has been nearly five years now, and you still got your Diary of a Wimpy kid 

book collection, and let’s not forget the books from your previous grades that 

you definitely do not need anymore.   You might be thinking,” Well, I can just

throw them out with the trash,” but what if I told you that your books can 

cause damage to the environment, and if about 10% of the books

that are being thrown away every day were recycled, and over 20 million books 

would not go to waste.   

The director of the Center for sustainable systems at the University of 

Michigan, Dr. Greg Koeleian once stated that ‘Papermaking is water 

Resource-intense process and a variety of chemicals are used in the pulping

And bleaching process, resulting in air and water pollutant emissions.’ 

With that being said, it is clear that books generate a massive amount of carbon 

footprint, and there are many ways in which you can help too. 

Here is a simple guide to becoming a book-recycling hero

Donate your books to a local charity or library. 

You can help your community by donating your old books that are still in good condition to a local 

library or charity. This way, you can help those who are underprivileged and spread the gift of reading 

to children.

Sell your old books online.

If you are looking for ways to earn a couple of bucks, then selling your old books should be something you would want to try out. There are many people selling books online, and some people even go off, and 

this a career! According to Books Business Magazine, the second-hand book market makes 

Approximately between $5.5 million to $8 million annually. You can sell your books on

platforms like Amazon, eBay, BooksRun, etc.

Get creative and make gift tags

This is one creative way of recycling any of your books that are not in good condition. You can cut out 

your favorite images or even quotes that you would want to attach to your gift tag. This could make 

your gifts very unique and artistic.

Upcycle your old books

Your books might be old, but who said that they could not make beautiful things? With your old books, you

can make creative bookmarks for your new books, make extraordinary envelopes, use them for artwork, and you can even turn your old books into new wrapping paper! There are many tutorials on Youtube

that can help you upcycle your old books in any of the ways mentioned above.

 As you can see, there are many ways to make an impact and recycle your old books. Therefore, go on 

and create the difference you want to see in the world! Become a book-recycling hero

today and be part of the change. What are you waiting for?!

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