Thursday, March 8, 2012

Better World Books

Photo Credit: Better World Books

Better World Books started as an idea from a couple of college kids: they envisioned a different kind of company with a built-in social benefit.  BWB strives to solve the problems of both literacy and the environment by being a better bookstore.  Some of the ways they make a difference:
  • Book for Book: Each time a book is bought on their website, a book is donated to someone in need through Books for Africa and Feed the Children.  Since October 2011, more than 6.1 million books have been donated.
  • Literacy Funding for Non-Profits: Over $11.5 million has been raised for literacy for educational non-profits and libraries, and more than 63 million books have been collected at book drives on college and university campuses.  
  • LEAP Grants: Literacy and Education in Action Program grants fund literacy and educational projects all over the world.
  • Environment - Reducing Landfill & Carbon Offsets: Books that cannot be found a good home are recycled or re-used, leaving to more than 80 million pounds of books and 900,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries to be properly recycled instead of thrown in a landfill.  Carbon offsets are bought to clean up their footprint even further.

Better World Books is also the official bookstore of TED, sharing great ideas and interesting book lists.  So, are you ready to recycle and donate your books?  Start here.

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