Coinciding with the European Waste Prevention Week, the Rebooks social project has released a promotional video to publicize this initiative. Driven by Grup Èxit, it includes the Ecosol entities, the Drissa Foundation and the Ramon Noguera Foundation (FRN). The collaboration project encourages the reuse of books and in just over four years has already collected more than ten tons of books with the participation of a hundred people, including workers and users of the three entities.
The Rebooks project, which was born in April 2019, has two sides. On the one hand, books are given a second life; and on the other, the socio-labor integration of people with disabilities or at risk of social exclusion is promoted. Of all the tons of books that have been collected since then, more than eight have been put up for sale.
From Ecosol, the job placement company of Cáritas Girona, they are in charge of collecting and storing the books that are deposited in the more than 150 clothing containers they have distributed throughout the Diocese of Girona. Then, at the Ramon Noguera Foundation, they are responsible for classifying and choosing those that are suitable to be reused and put up for sale. In total, 30 people with intellectual disabilities from the Occupational Therapy Service of the FRN participate in this task.
The last piece of the gear is the Drissa Foundation, where users who are part of the organization's Pre-employment Service who wish to do so can carry out cataloging and stock control tasks to improve their professional profile. In these four years of Rebooks' existence, nearly 50 people from Drissa have participated in the project.
Recently, Rebooks also has the support of Connexió Papyrus, a cultural association from Celrà that was born with the aim of collecting used books to redistribute them. Rebooks books can be bought at any of the three physical points of sale they have: at the Biodrissa store on Calle Ciudadas in Girona; at the headquarters of the Ramon Noguera Foundation at Mas Xirgu, and at the El Coro cafe in Sarrià de Ter. A total of 3,255 books have been sold in these four years. The genres that have had the most output are self-help, thriller, contemporary novel and science fiction.