Monday, August 29, 2016

Back to school: Reusable book covers

Posted by Amanda Villaruel | |
Going back to school or maybe your kids have started? ;-)

Whatever your reason, school start always leads to new books and new paper book covers. When I was just a kid in the late 80s, I used to ask my mom to buy "cool" book covers for every school start - every year. I would put stickers on the cover and let my classmates make me cute drawings. And I wasn't the only one.

My point is: imagine how much paper waste is generated from solely paper book covers. In the UK alone, over 12.5 million tons of paper and cardboard are used per year.1

Fortunately, you can do something to reduce the paper waste :-)
Green your school start with reusable book covers
Green your school start with reusable book covers

Although paper is not the worst material to recycle, we can always do something to lessen the paper that goes into the recycling process. The fact that things can be recycled, shouldn't justify every purchase we want to make. We should primarily aim at reducing waste as much as possible :-)

So, have you heard about reusable book covers?

This type of book cover -
  • can be used over and over again, and can last for years
  • is sometimes washable, particularly the stretchable book covers
  • can fit most book sizes, if you choose a stretchable book cover
  • comes in multiple colors and patterns, even famous comic figures
It was my good colleagues who tipped me off about this genius product, and I can't believe that I didn't hear about it until three days ago. 

Check out these examples: (all links below are non-commercial)
Stretchable book cover found on
Stretchable book cover found on
HEMA's stretchable, modern book covers
HEMA's stretchable, modern book covers

Other places to look for reusable book covers are Ebay and Etsy, but you should try your local book store first ;-)

You can also make your own book cover, if you have the time and especially if you have any leftover fabric in the house :-) Here's a 4-minute video on DIY book cover made from spandex:

Continue to read:
Eco-friendly alternatives to notebooks.

Guide to eco-conscious living in the city.

1 Recycling bins: Recycling facts.

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