Interesting blog post here, criticizing a brochure from International Paper about whether it's more eco-friendly to read in print or on electronic devices.
The post is from the Eco-Libris blog. Eco-Libris describes itself as "a green business that works with book readers, publishers, writers, bookstores, and others in the book industry to balance out the paper used for books by planting trees."
The site goes on to say, "More than 30 million trees are cut down annually for virgin paper to be used for the production of books sold in the U.S. alone. Eco-Libris raises awareness to the environmental impacts of using paper for the production of books and provides book lovers with a simple way to do something about it: plant a tree for every book they read."
Okay, so International Paper has selectively pointed out some bad things about electronic devices, their energy use and their disposal, but Eco-Libris counters with a few bad facts of their own about the paper industry, the energy needed to create paper, the homogeneous replacement trees and paper disposal.
Eco-Libris points out that International Paper has an obvious bias in favor of paper use. I think Eco-Libris' sympathies are rather obvious, too. So even though I have more facts, I'm still not sure if they're ALL the facts.
And I still can't really tell you which is worse. But wait . . . even Eco-Libris says "the information is still inconclusive." Okay . . . that really clears things up for me.
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