At ThriftBooks, we recognize the opportunity to use our resources to give back to our communities and the planet.
In developing countries, 15% of children ages 6 to 11 are not attending school, and 65% of the world's illiterate population is female (according to UNESCO). Access to books is the largest factor holding back literacy for children and adults alike. ThriftBooks has donated more than 1 million books internationally to combat illiteracy, placing treasured resources in the hands of the people that need them the most.
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 began partnering with libraries to provide them an easy way to raise funds. We’ve sold more than 1 million library books to our customers.
Reselling and Recycling
Truckloads of books come through our warehouse doors every day. Tens of thousands of these books are sold to customers worldwide or shipped in bulk internationally. Material we can’t use is sent to recycling plants, where each ton of 100% post-consumer copy paper (approximately 1.4 tons of books) saves 24 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,100 kilowatts of electricity, and 60 pounds of air pollution. ThriftBooks recycles millions of pounds of books every year.