Recycled Text Books, Written By Caitlin Farkas (@Ms_Cait) of This Crazy Life
You, your kids or someone you know is graduating from school. After the congratulations are put to rest, the cake is eaten and the money collected there’s something left over that might seem to intrude on your living space; textbooks. Every student has them, but not all of them want to keep them.
You have a few options to consider. First off, be green in your thinking.
Don’t be rude to mother earth and fill a landfill with pages of equations and historical accounts. Instead choose one of three ways to handle the piles of textbooks.
Option 1: Spruce up your bookshelf collection with a creative design on the textbook.
For example you can cover the textbook with half used paper from the printer, paper bags from the grocery store or left over scrapbooking paper to assemble a cute book collection such as the one shown below, from Apartmenttherapy.com.
Top the blank cover with text, such as “Honesty” or the subject matter to set your home décor mood. Add a bow to spice up the collection.
Picture borrowed from About.com
Another simple, ingenious idea arises from Isaac Salazar, who developed art from an unwanted book. He cut letters, words and names on the outer edge of pages to present a delightful construction.
After you’ve decorated the once atrocious looking textbook, move your creative aspirations to the bookshelf. You can check out Freshome to reinvent or construct a more appealing bookshelf to now hold your decently designed book.
Option 2: Sell them.
Travel to a local buy back store or surf the net to EBay, Amazon or even Oodle Marketplace to resell those bulky books.
Most importantly to a recent grad, this option allows for income to flow back into the bank. By selling those textbooks to future students the longevity of the textbook is extended. Also, that student buyer saves a little dough by purchasing the book from you.
Option 3: Place the textbooks in the blue recycle bin.
They might be other various colors in your neighborhood. Recycle those boring books into your local bin to insure the items don’t destroy the environment.
Now you’ve rid your house of those disturbing piles of textbooks, while doing something great for the environment.
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