Lifecycle Analysis: iPad vs. good ol’fashioned Book.

Via on Apr 6, 2010

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New York Times’ analysis: what’s greener, a paper book or a digital iPad?

The NY Times, last Sunday, did an in-depth analysis of the eco-impact of the iPad vs. printing, buying, reading hundreds of books. Fascinating: is it greener to mine the earth and create metal gadgets that allow you to read 1000s of books without printing anything but that need electricity and are shipped halfway across the world, or is it greener to ship heavy books printed (usually) with petroleum-based inks?

I say the iPad is greener (particularly if you consider all the other things it does)—if it’s built to be taken apart and recycled at the end of its useful life.

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Their conclusion? Hint: go to the library.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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8 Responses to “Lifecycle Analysis: iPad vs. good ol’fashioned Book.”

  1. Doug says:

    so glad they came up with the right answer — the one that is already paid for with local taxes!

  2. Farnoosh Brock Farnoosh says:

    What about the Kindle?Is that green too? :)!

  3. Chris Courtney says:

    Yes, head to the library – good answer!

  4. Roger Wolsey says:

    I'm just glad people are still reading at all.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlsQIEIEeKA

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  6. Jeffrey Woodruff Jeffrey says:

    Ipad limitations:
    1 you can't read at take off and landing
    2 it does not work above 90 degrees!
    3 you can not wear polarized sunglasses, as the screen is LED back lit
    4 sadly you can not share books, this is a closed book, no sharing
    5 books don't need recharging, the ipad does
    6. you can spill a coffee on a book (but not an airplane cockpit), but not on an ipad- otherwise you may have to schedule an appt with a genius. the book gains in character, especially if it was a single espresso

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