Amazon’s Kindle signals paper-less books and… eWaste?

23 11 2007

(Image source: responsiblechina.com (c) 2007)

This is cool. Here’s what we tree huggers at Green Printer thought when we heard about the new Kindle, a kind of an iPod by Amazon that could replace your paper books, magazines and newspapers: “woo-hoo, no more trees to make books!”

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos called the gadget, “the most important thing we’ve ever done” which got us thinking that he probably wants to protect all those Amazon rainforests just like us…

Whatever the motivation, Kindle steps recycled paper books and paperless paper up a futuristic notch by re-igniting the e-book market and paving the way for book publishers to go green. Maybe.

Kindle is only one of many products that could end up in China’s most impoverished communities in toxic, e-waste dumps and rivers as shown in this video.

What to do? Well, California gives one option: adopt a state-wide rule to cut out some e-waste. Rules that took effect this month in Arnold’s ‘hood require that residents no longer dispose of printers, videocassette recorders, microwave ovens, fluorescent lighting, glass thermometers and old thermostats in the trash.

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at Green Options also has some solutions for dealing with e-waste and so does Free Geek.

For now, while we have the good old days of paper (100% post-consumer recycled, of course, like the kind at eco-friendly Green Printer), we suggest picking up a “old school book thing” at your library – that’s pretty green – and unplugging yourself for the day, a la Gavin Hudson.


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3 responses to “Amazon’s Kindle signals paper-less books and… eWaste?”

27 01 2008
The Amazon Kindle is a Green Machine | Kindle Tank (17:48:32) :

[…] Amazon’s Kindle Signals Paper-Less Books and … eWaste? “Kindle is only one of many products that could end up in China’s most impoverished communities in toxic, e-waste dumps and rivers…“ – Green Printer Online […]

19 05 2009
Tom Brodersen (09:29:22) :

Like all of our wonderful digital gadgets amazon’s first Kindle is already outdated and a new and better is coming which will be made obselete by a new and better one ad infinitum…..

2 09 2009
Kindle karma, part duex: It’s not easy being green « Open Page (05:54:51) :

[…] as Green Printer Blog suggests, might they simply “end up in China’s most impoverished communities in toxic, […]

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