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Inside the

Back inside the classroom

5. Bookcase

These bookshelves were given to the school by a local
bookshop when it closed down. By reusing old bookshelves
the school helped the environment in many ways:

  • it saved old shelves from getting transported to a landfill site.
  • it saved old shelves taking up space in the landfill site.
  • it saved old shelves from rotting in landfill and putting the powerful greenhouse gas, methane, into the atmosphere.
  • no new trees were cut down to make new bookshelves.
  • no energy was spent transporting the cut logs around the globe.
  • no energy was spent preparing the wood and making the new shelves.
  • no energy was spent in packaging and storing the
    new shelves.

Only a small amount of energy was spent moving the bookshelves across town.