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  • 1. Energy Conservation Project You are what you read: the environmental impact of book production. By:Tara Chamberlain
  • 2. Questions <ul><li>How often do I purchase books? </li></ul><ul><li>What resources go into making a book? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some of the ways to reduce the ecological footprints of book production? </li></ul>“ Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” Chinese Proverb
  • 3. Book paper: <ul><li>A general term to describe a type of paper suitable for printing offset printing, book paper can have many different finishes and may be coated or uncoated. Premium book paper is also called Bible grade. </li></ul>
  • 4. Some facts about the book publishing industry: Number of new titles published annually in the U.S.: 172,000 (2005 figures) Number of books produced annually in the U.S.: 4.15 billion (2006 figures) Number of books sold annually in the U.S.: 3.09 billion (2006 figures) Number of U.S. book publishers who signed the Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use to improve their ecological footprint: about 150 .
  • 5. Facts: 3rd: Rank of the pulp and paper industry in the list of largest industrial greenhouse emitters. 30 million: The number of trees that are cut down annually to produce the books sold in the U.S.. 5%-10%: Percent of recycled paper currently used by U.S. book publishers in the production of books. 2,108: Pounds of greenhouse gas emissions prevented by replacing one ton of virgin fiber with one ton of post-consumer recycled fiber.
  • 6. Resources 116: Number of average weighted books (one pound) that can be created from an averaged sized paper-yielding tree. 4.4: Gallons of water used to create one book.
  • 7. Methodology I will keep track of how often I purchase books during the month of October. I can then use this information to estimate how many books I buy during a year. With this data I can estimate what my environmental impact might be when I purchase the books I love to read.
  • 8. Data Books purchased during the month of October…. 10 Average number of books purchased in a year …. 120
  • 9. Analysis Number of trees used to make 120 books: 1 X 10 people …10 X 100 people… 600
  • 10. Analysis Amount of water used to produce 120 Books… 528 X 10 people… 5,280 X 100 people… 52,800
  • 11. Ways to make a difference <ul><li>Look for books printed on recycled paper </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage publishers to use recycled paper </li></ul><ul><li>Check out books from your local library </li></ul><ul><li>Download books from the Internet </li></ul>
  • 12. Call for further study More Internet sites are offering books to download. What is the environmental impact of ebooks compared to traditional book publishing?
  • 13. Conclusion As consumers we have the power to make change happen. Before this project I did not give much thought to the environmental impact of book publishing. After completing the project I have learned that there are ways that I can be a more responsible consumer, including looking for books printed on recycled paper or downloading books from the Internet.
  • 14. References Eco-Libris: http://www.ecolibris.net/bookpublish.asp Planet Green: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/go-green/green-books-authors/index.html Green Press Initiative: http://www.greenpressinitiative.org/

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