By: JiWoo Kang
Paper waste is often overlooked among many people, but in fact, Americans use about “90 million short tons of paper,” which makes it “an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year,” according to Waste-Free Mail. To alleviate this current worldwide situation, these are some of the ways St. Mark’s has implemented to help reduce our paper usage when it comes to textbooks:
At St. Mark’s, we try to use a mix of both digital and paper textbooks to lessen the amount of paper waste. Also, at the end of the year, there is a box outside of the bookstore called One Planet. If there are certain books that aren’t going to be used the following year, or if students don’t want them anymore, those books can go into the box. For every box we send to One Planet, we get $10 in return.
Reducing paper waste may seem easy, but the amount of paper we use is growing every year worldwide. By exchanging and donating books at St. Mark’s, not only can we help minimize paper waste within our community, but it can also have positive effects on the world in a bigger picture.