The pollution of book merchandise

Publishers, booksellers and authors (particularly children’s authors) looking for a small contribution to the climate emergency could give some thought to reducing or eliminating the proliferation of merchandise sold alongside books. Plastic character models, unnecessary clothing, and a host of other gewgaws, add nothing to the reading experience, but do contribute waste and pollution to the environment.

So why don’t publishers stop licensing these polluting money-spinners, booksellers stop stocking them, and authors (particularly the big names who can wield serious clout in this) tell their agents that their books are not to be used as a basis for these mass market symbols of disdain for the world’s environment.