More than 200 cafés and coffeshops around Israel have joined a brilliant project called “Same Old Story”, which recycles abandoned and donated books . Dolev Gotlib founded the project to pass books along in an ecologically friendly way, to keep them out of landfills and to support the Israeli organization, Shekulo-Tov (Full Good), which helps to integrate people with disabilities into the employment market.
The cafés and coffeeshops choose the amount and genre of books to stock and Shekulo-Tov workers are responsible for checking the inventory and restocking the book shelves.
When donated books are too worn for resale, “Same Old Story” finds creative uses for them. Book bindings are used to make journals, diaries, notebooks and wallets.
Gotlib plans to expand the project throughout Israel and hope that the “Same Old Story” model will be adopted in Europe and the United States.