Turkish Gov't. Leaves Eco-Dark Ages Behind By Lending Books to Students in Bid to Save Trees and Cash
In a practice I can hardly fathom, the Turkish government has been giving 155 million new textbooks each year to students, most of which are thrown into the trash at the end of the year rather than simply requiring they return them for use by next year’s crop of students.
Of course there’s not only an environmental cost to this enormous waste of resources, but an economic cost as well, with the books costing the Turkish public more than $800 million annually.
So they’ve come up with an ingenious remedy that some folks have been practicing for centuries, book lending.
Which means they’ll be requiring students to return the books at the end of the school year rather than seeing them carted off to the landfill like a worn out pair of underwear while saving an estimated 1.27 million trees in the process.
Isn’t it amazing that in 2008 there are folks giving away millions of books to students, despite the fact that they must repurchase and distribute a set next year?