Magazines and Sustainability

Environmental and Sociocultural Impacts

Authored by: Helen Kopnina

The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138854161
eBook ISBN: 9781315722283
Adobe ISBN: 9781317524533

10.4324/9781315722283.ch31

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Abstract

The pros and cons of paper (print) versus digital publications in relation to environmental sustainability have been summarized on the Green Technology weblog entry titled “Paper or Digital: Which Format Is Better for the Environment” where a blogger who identified himself as Green Dude wrote,

Main selling points … of eReaders is that they are greener than print… . [A] common view held by consumers … is that going digital means going green and saving trees. Many are in for a rude awakening… . [S]ubjected to “cradle-to-cradle” life cycle analysis, eReading is not nearly as green as many naively assume it is… . Digital devices require a constant flow of electrons that predominately come from the combustion of coal, and at the end of their all-too-short useful lives electronics have become the single largest stream of toxic waste created by man. 1

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