Monday, July 10, 2006

Green(er) books?

Remember that debate about e-books and environmental concerns?

With few exceptions, we all expressed our love for Real Life books, but also shared a concern for the environmental consequences of the conventional publishing industry.

Here's an interesting article from the New York Times found on Sarah Weinman's blog about producing 'greener' books.

6 comments:

Sharon J said...

The only trouble with recycled paper is that it has to come from virgin paper in the first place, which again comes from our precious trees. BUT, it's still a whole lot better than everything being printed on virgin paper and a definite step in the right direction.

I can definitely see the point with plastic books, too, although my concern is how many of them will actually be recycled. I'm not talking about the ones that end up in libraries or keeper shelves, but those that end up in the rubbish bin because there are still too few people bothering to recycle.

Unfortanately, I don't have an alternative so maybe I should just stay out of the debate.

Debi said...

Never stay out of the debate, Sharon! Not having alternatives doesn't mean we can't talk about the issues ...

Cos of course there's the whole business about how much energy recycling itself takes ...

All I know is that we're going to have to make some very radical changes - and soon.

Sharon J said...

The pollution involved in recycling is also something to be considered. I'm thinking the number of huge lorries spewing out diesel as they carry rubbish for recycling from one part of the country to another. Then there's the noise pollution, the increased potential for road accidents as the number of lorries on A roads increases, and probably a whole bunch of other stuff that I haven't thought of.

No alternatives but back in the debate :-)

Debi said...

Yep - all true.

But one thing I know with every fibre of my being - nuclear power is NOT the answer. Just let them dare try!!! If ever there was an indication of how totally out of step with popular opinion this gov is, going for nukes must be it.

Sharon J said...

I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be saying nuclear power was the answer if any of the top nobs had to live next door to a plant! No... this is no good... must stay calm today... have romance to write ;-)

PS: Word verification is MUGZZ

Debi said...

Yeah - but the problem with nukes is that you don't have to be living next door to bear the consequences in an accident.

Whereas a potential accident with a wind turbine is (I'd imagine) more likely to be one person walking past when one falls over in a hurricane ...

Is that word verification a coincidence? Or should we be very very paranoid???