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Comparison of environmental footprint of Kindle tablet vs. printed media 1

Comparison of environmental footprint of Kindle tablet vs. printed media 1

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This study compares the environmental impact of reading books and newspapers on a Kindle e-reader to reading printed books and newspapers. It also includes a comparison on an earlier device, the REB 1100. The study suggests that reading books on a Kindle e-reader reduces the environmental impact compared to reading printed material, based on typical consumer habits. For the e-reader, it identifies the production (as opposed to the use or the end-of-life disposal) as the biggest contributor to the environmental impact. It also suggests that, based on the comparison between the older REB 1100 and the 2012 Kindle e-reader, the environmental impact of tablets seems to be reducing.

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what can I do to reduce my environmental footprint?

The study identifies the production as the main contributor to the environmental impact of a Kindle e-reader. The environmental impact of its use, such as from electricity to charge the e-reader, has a much lower impact on the environment. Therefore, if you have an e-reader and you want to minimise your impact on the environment, look after it so that it lasts for as long as possible. And of course, try to use it instead of paper based print media whenever possible.

Another study, based on a literature review of the same subject, can be found here.

Report Rating: 3 out of 3

Report Published: 2012

Country: USA

Author(s): Dealva Jade Dowd-Hinkle

Publisher: Rochester Institute of Technology

Funder: not indicated

Keywords: life cycle analysis, LCA, cradle to grave analysis, environmental footprint, hand held device, mobile electronic device, e-book, newspaper, book, e-reader, Kindle, tablet, computers

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