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With scheduling for next semester happening as we speak, I think now is a good time to talk about textbooks. Textbooks can be awfully expensive and cause a headache for many students. However, with the advice from my awesome, eco-conscious mom, I've learned that getting textbooks can be affordable and eco-friendly as well.
Under my entry "Mindless ways to be good to the planet" my mom left this comment:
"There are so many simple things that can be done to be more eco-friendly. Another idea for college students that is eco-friendly and has the added benefit of saving money is to buy used textbooks -- or even better -- rent textbooks. I guess there are even websites where you can swap textbooks and only pay for shipping. I just read that on the website thedailygreen.cm that was listed in the blog entry."
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Next time you are looking for a textbook, go to Chegg.com. Chegg is simple. You find the book you need, pay to rent it and at the end of the semester return it for someone else to rent. Chegg is awesome for several reasons. 1) The price you pay to rent on Chegg is way less than what you would buy it for (I know this from personal experience). 2) You return the book so that it is reused. 3) Everytime you rent a book on Chegg they plant a tree, which I think is phenomenal. They say that over 3 million trees have been planted so far. Chegg is easy to use and they have 51 different subjects of books to choose from. In addition, shipping your book back at the end of the semester is free, just print a shipping label from their site. Saving you money and saving the planet, there is no better combination.
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Another magnificent website to check out is Betterworldbooks.com. Better World Books is a "for-profit social enterprise." They collect donated books and sell books on their website. The books that they sell help fund literacy programs around the world. Here are some stats from their site on the impact their sales have made:
- Raised over $8.6 million for literacy including
- $5.0 million for over 80 literacy and education nonprofits
- $3.6 million for libraries nationwide
- Contributed more than $1.8 million to college service clubs who have run book drives
- Directly sent more than 3.3 million books to Books for Africa, the National Center for Family Literacy, and Feed the Children
- Collected over 45 million books through active book drives at over 1,800 colleges and universities and collections from over 2,000 libraries
Better World Books is also extremely earth-conscious. Here are some facts from their site on the impact they have had on the environment:
- Re-used or recycled over 53 million pounds of books
- Reclaimed more than 720,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries across the United States
- 17,000 tons of carbon offset on BetterWorldBooks.com shipping
Bookrenter.com is another website where you can rent textbooks. It works basically the same way as Chegg. Rent, use and return. A bonus for using this site is that for every order you place, they make a donation to First Book, an organization that gives books to children in need.
I highly recommend using these sites because they are socially and environmentally aware and responsible. I love that they are thinking about sustainability, reusing and preserving. Consumerism is becoming a real issue - we want new things all the time. As consumers, we need to start becoming more mindful about what we buy and what we use. Textbooks are just one thing, but every little thing counts. So go ahead, be a treehugger and rent your books next semester.
Let me know, do you already use these sites? If not, will you after reading this? Do you have any other websites or suggestions?