Imagine sitting under the glaring sun reading a book without a tree for shade. According to Green Peace, every two seconds, an area of forest the size of a football pitch is lost due to logging or destructive practices.
While books play a primary role in the early stages of a child’s life, parents need to teach their kids that trees are cut down everyday in order to make paper. Just as much as we urge our children to read, we need to teach them to give back to Mother Nature. A publishing company Pequeño Editor in Buenos Aires, Argentina decided to teach children how to care for a book in a sustainable way by initiating a green project.
According to Huffington Post, the hand-stitched children’s book has been made from acid-free paper, ecological ink and jacaranda seeds, as part of a project called Tree Book Tree. After reading the story, kids can plant the book in soil and it will grow into a tree. The project is meant to show that “trees and children can grow together”.
Pequeño Editor’s website sheds light on the idea behind the initiative. “Everything we read is part of our mental library and what we are as people. So reading is rooted in us and transforms us: make us grow and change. When planted, the book is part of an action plan that is designed to encourage reading and environmental care,” it explains.
The book, titled Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva, or My Dad Was in the Jungle, is, fittingly enough, about a rainforest and promotes respect for all living things. It has been displayed outside a book store to showcase that it can actually be planted.