No one should feel guilty about reading. But we shouldn't forget that 20 million trees are cut down yearly in the U.S. to produce the books we read. Eco-Libris offers a way to help off-set the environmental impact of this deforestation.
Publishers are (too) slowly coming around to the idea of using recycled paper (the 7th installment of Harry Potter being a prime example), but consumers can help too. Eco-Libris asks readers to balance out their paper consumption by planting a tree for every book they read. They've teamed up with non-profit planting partners in developing countries to carry out this mission. For about a dollar a book, a new tree will be planted. Eco-Libris will send you a sticker for each book (printed on recycled paper of course) to show your commitment to sustainable reading.
While it may not be feasible to do this for every book we buy, we think this is a good way to teach children about where paper comes from, why it's important to recycle it and why reforestation matters.