Bookish Fun for Eco-bibliophiles

Why keep a notebook in your pocket -when you can let it double as a necklace? Read up on the latest green reading and writing ideas.

News about eco-friendly reading doesn’t always have to be about 100% post-consumer recycled, FSC-certified, non-chlorine bleached paper printed with soy-based inks—though of course, those eco-attributes are important. Here’s the latest in fun green reading news for eco-minded readers with a sense of style and whimsy:

 Always wish you had a little notebook on hand to jot down your brilliant thoughts? Now you can wear lilliputian journals around your neck, thanks to Philadelphia-based designer Margaux Kent, who handcrafts tiny, antique leather-bound journals to wear as bookish jewelry. Shop for them on Etsy.

  • The library’s a great free eco-resource for eager readers—and in Somerset, England, the library itself is eco-sourced. Book borrowers can stop by a decommissioned red phone booth-turned-library that charges no late fees and has no due dates! Sure, the library isn’t that big, but as the L.A. Times’ Jacket Copy blog points out, “While 100 books makes for a rather small collection, it seems to be enough for Westbury-sub-Mendip, which boasts a population of 800.”
  •  Love the mini library with no due date idea? Then share books with strangers via BookCrossing, a website that invites you to read a book, register it, then let it loose and see who ends up picking it up. Each book gets a little code, so you can follow its history to see who read that specific book before you—and who picks it up after you’re done with it. Don’t know how to get started? Go “hunting” to see where a BookCrossing book has been “wild released” near you.

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