As the nation’s largest used bookseller, Thrift Books recognizes an opportunity to give back. We feel the following areas are where we can extend our resources to make the most difference:
In developing countries, 15% of children aged from 6 to 11 are not attending school, and 65% of the world's illiterate population is female (UNESCO), but by far the biggest factor holding back literacy for children and adults alike, is access to books. Working hand-in-hand with Worldwide Book Drive Thrift Books has donated more than 1 Million books internationally to combat illiteracy. Not only are we placing treasured resources in the hands of people that want them, we're continuing to keep otherwise wasted resources out of landfills and from polluting our planet.
Many of us developed our love of reading through libraries. They play an essential role in our communities by encouraging literacy and providing free access to books. In 2007, we started to partner with many libraries, including the King County Library System, the nation's second largest, to provide easy and profitable ways of raising additional funds by selling used library books. Since then we've sold more than 1 Million books to customers.
Truck-loads of books come in through our warehouse doors every day, literally. Everyone on the Thrift Books team is proud of the fact that no books go out of our doors into a landfill. Tens of thousands of these books will be sold to customers throughout the world or shipped in bulk internationally. That material which we cannot use is sent directly to recycling plants where each ton of 100% post-consumer copy paper (approximately 1.4 tons of books) saves 24 trees, 7000 gallons of water, 4,100 kilowatts of electricity and 60 pounds of air pollution. Currently, Thrift Books recycles millions of pounds of books each year.