As fellow biblioholics, I know a lot of my readers suffer from the same problem I do, what do you do when you simply have to cull your collection of beloved titles to make space in your home, but worry about what will become of the books you have so loved but no longer have room for? Throwing books away feels wrong on so many levels, not least because of the environmental impact. I am an avid recycler of books, via my Little Free Library which I run outside the house, or charity shops, or a local social enterprise that re-homes, resells or recycles them, and I am always interested to hear of other initiatives in this field.
This is why I jumped at the chance to talk to you today about another organisation working in this field and my thanks to Midas PR for approaching me with this opportunity.
Awesome Books are a circular economy retailer that champions sustainable bookselling, centred around reuse to ensure no book is thrown away or wasted. Used books are collected and either re-sold, donated or recycled and turned into something new. Since launching in 2004, they have saved an amazing 132 million books globally from landfill. That has to be an initiative worth supporting.
The circular model reduces the environmental impact of book production, as more than 80% of a book’s carbon footprint is taken up in its original paper-production and printing processes. By reusing books and rehoming second-hand copies we can all help to reduce the environmental impact of book production and make reading more accessible. I am sure, like me, none of us like the idea of our passion doing more harm to the planet than necessary.
As well as championing sustainability, Awesome Books are passionate about promoting literacy and run a ‘buy one, give one’ initiative across their whole website. For every book purchased, they donate one to someone in need. This year they have pledged 250,000 books to the National Literacy Trust and to date have donated over 1 million books to literacy projects around the world.
They sell both new and used books on their website, https://www.awesomebooks.com/, so you will be sure to be able to find whatever title you are looking for. They were kind enough to send me a sample title from their used book stock, and this is what I received. A paperback copy of Truly, Madly, Guilty by Leanne Moriarty in perfectly readable condition, a book I would be happy to add to my library and then pass on it turn.
As well as providing me with a sample book, Awesome Books, have also been kind enough to give me a unique promo code to share with you, my lovely readers, which will give you 20% of used books purchased on the Awesome Books website between now and 31st December so, if you fancy buying some sustainable bookish Christmas gifts, or treating yourself, now is the time. Just use code BookProblem when you check out. (Make sure you read the terms and conditions below*)
Any small thing we can do to reduce our environmental impact on the planet and reduce waste has got to be positive and I think this is a great initiative so, next time you are looking for a particular book, or have some unwanted books that you need to re-home, make sure you check out Awesome Books. You can find out much more information on their website, with further details about pricing, their sustainability plans and how much buying from them can actually help the environment. And don’t forget to use the discount code BookProblem between now and the end of the year to bag some real bargains. Happy Shopping!
*Terms and Conditions for 20% off Used Books at awesomebooks.com:
Offer valid online only from 15 November until 23:59 Friday 31st December 2021 BST. To qualify for this offer, add eligible products to your basket and enter promotion code BookProblem, 20% discount will show in the basket on qualifying products. Only valid once per transaction. Offer valid on Used books. Offer subject to availability. No cash alternative. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other online promotion codes. Offer excludes delivery costs.