How Eco Is Your E-reader?
Weighing in at one and a half pounds, and thinner than most novels, the iPad is the newest addition to the e-reader family that can display a plethora of books at the touch of your fingertips. I’ll admit, I’m into the hip gadgets, including the Amazon Kindle, but I’m also attached to books with bindings. A question that ran through my mind was how the environmental footprint of one of the new glowing devices compared to a book that was printed on paper. Lucky for me, author Daniel Goleman, who wrote Ecological Intelligence: The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy, and Harvard lecturer Gregory Norris, who is currently coming up with open-source software that completes life-cycle assessments, did life-cycle analyses of the two and found how each stacked up.