Free books up for grabs

An environmentally-friendly charity has set up nine bookshops around the country which will offer unwanted books for free.

Healthy Planet has opened the shops in Basildon, Southport, Reading and Stockton-on-Tees, plus five in London, under the name “Books for Free”, with 19 more planned. Each one is stocked with books that would otherwise be pulped or put in landfill.

The charity’s founder Shaylesh Patel said: “For us, this is about saving books from landfill, but literacy also has a positive correlation with education and people learning about the impact they have on the environment . . . We would like to open as many stores as we can—hundreds—it is our aim to have a Books For Free store in every town in the UK and be the largest ‘retailer’ in the country.”

Healthy Planet claims to have saved 50 tonnes of books from landfill this year, at 2,000 books a tonne.

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