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Ebooks: The Greener Choice

le- B00k s: The Greener Choice These days there's a plethora of choices when it comes to e-book readers: The Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, Pandigital, iPad. E-book readers are sexy, sleek and environmentally friendly. This infographic will inspect e-books, e-readers and how the environment serves to benefit tremendously with the global surge in paperless reading The Printing Industry Current Status O The 2 billion paper books produced in the U.S. per year results in: The U.S. publishing industry consumes 32M 16M fallen trees. O Printed books have the highest per-unit carbon footprint of the entire publishing sector, at 8.85 Ibs of CO2 for the average book. tons of paper per year. Paper mills used to create the paper for books are Waste and C02 detrimental to the environment and release: Bleaching paper with chlorine to produce white pages produces dioxin, a known carcinogen. •Carbon Dioxide (CO2) •Nitrogen Oxides (SO) •Carbon Monoxide (CO) These pollutants particulate into the air and contribute to: global warming, smog, acid rain and cause respiratory problems. o Printed books consume: materials and require: more 7X water for production than paperless books. more This is equal to the total CO2 IN THE U.S., emissions from 7.3 MILLION CARS in one year. the newspaper and book industries cut down 125 million trees every year and emit over 44 MILLION TONS OF CO2. o For every 100 E-books regular books sold, about E-book sales are continually growing, 180 in October of 2010 e-book sales were 9% of all trade book e-books are sold. sales, which is a 112% increase from the previous year. O Predictions say 2011 will bring in more than $1 billion in e-books sales, and the sales percentage will rise to 20% of the book market. O Current Status Total number of e-books sold from Amazon and iTunes in 2010: 9, 2 0||0 Considering these were e-books instead of printed books, we can assume that for every one e-book, one less printed book was produced and sold. So...based on the above number, • The lives of 1,267,200 trees were saved in 2010. These saved trees can absorbed 30,412 tons of CO2 in one year and emit enough Oxygen to support 2,534,400 human beings. This equals the amount of CO2 emissions of roughly 5,000 cars. Average car emits 1 tree = 62.5 books 6 tons of CO2/year 1 tree absorbs 48lbs of CO2/year How E-books help our environment: O Saving Trees Reduce consumption of paper Save energy consumed in book production Reduce the energy. cost and pollution required to dispose of or recycle books Eliminate packaging materials and all the energy and costs associated with those materials 188 Save fuel used in transportation of paper books: Eliminate pollution caused by producing and shipping books O Save money: from the printing company to the warehouse and from the warehouse to the consumer IF THE 2 BİLLION BOOKS sold in the U.S. were converted and sold as e-books, at $5 or less per book, $10 millions of trees BILLION Would be spared. C E-books not only save trees, they prohibit major forms of pollution caused by pulp and paper mills. could be saved and Carbon E-readers: O E-readers are the more environmentally-responsible choice for those reading more than 23 books per year, which most readers easily do. O On average, the CO2 emitted in the life cycle of an average e-reader is fully offset O How can we predict offsetting? Using an average e-reader for 1 year saves 6,500 MJ and prevents 690 kg of CO2 emissions. O E-readers bought from 2009-2012 will prevent about 10 million tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere throughout those four years. That's equal to the yearly CO2 emissions of 800,000 cars. If you read the paper version of the NY Times for one year, If you read the NY Times on an average E-reader, you are only using 100 MJ 7,300 MJ of energy and emitting just 10 kg of CO2 each year. is used and 700 kg of CO2 is emitted each year. An E-Book Future What if every book bought was digital? How would this transform our environment? .. Approximately Using this number, we can estimate books are sold in that if all North 3.1 billion North America per American readers go digital: year, or roughly the CO2 emission of 49,600,000 1,190,400 192,926 trees could be saved every tons of CO2 could be cars could be absorbed each year. absorbed by these trees and, year, Sources

Ebooks: The Greener Choice

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An infographic taking a look at the environmental impact of e-books.


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