Trees For Books is a self-sustaining, for-profit venture whose mission is to capitalize on the value of the book to donate books to organizations in need, plant trees and rehabilitating natural ecosystems. We currently partner with a small group of organizations and are always looks for more to donate books to!
What environmental impact has Trees For Books made?
Since the the beginning of 2020, Trees For Books has planted more than 500 trees with our partner Eden Reforestation Projects. We've also donated more than 3,000 books to organizations that need them most.
How do you collect books?
Books collected by Trees For Books come from two primary sources: discarded or donated books and books we purchase at thrift stores and garage sales.
What do you do with the collected books?
Trees For Books finds the best possible use for each book collected in support of our mission to give books to organizations that need them most. Books are either sold to raise money for to purchase books and pay for shipping, sent to one of our organization partners for use in their programs, or recycled if unsuitable for sale or partner use.
Do you throw any books away?
Never! We pride ourselves on our ability to derive the maximum value from every book collected. Any book that cannot be sold or used by an organization in need is recycled.
Are you profiting off of other people’s charity and donations?
As a for profit we do make money on the books we collect and sell. And we are OK with that fact, because we believe there is value in the service we provide. Not only do we find new homes for a majority of used books that might otherwise end up in landfills, we also plant a tree for every 10 books donated as well as planting a tree for every book sold. Our model proves that it is possible to do good and do well at the same time. To date, every dollar of profit the company has ever made has been re-invested in the company. There has never been an economic distribution/dividend of any kind to any of the owners or employees of Better World Books.
What makes you different from all the other businesses that give part of their profits to good causes?
We love books. And we believe deeply in the power of the written word to change lives and transform our world. What makes Trees For Books unique is the way in which the environmental costs are built into our business model. We plant trees for donated books regardless of whether an economic profit is actually earned for a specific time period being measured.
About updated Terms
Trees For Books has modified its terms to explain its business model better. On occasion there has been some confusion about the role Trees For Books plays in acquiring books and creating a market for them (or donating them to worthy recipients in line with our mission). We now are trying to do a better job explaining ourselves. This should be clear: when Trees For Books acquires books, it takes ownership of them (“title” to them, in legal terminology) and then resells them to the public or donates them to organizations in need. When it resells the books or donates them, ownership passes from Trees For Books to the buyer or the recipient.