CONTENTS OF THE PACK
- 1 set pack (for one book): covers 2 halves of 1 book (two fronts & two backs) plus 1 rebinding strip.
Split your book in half and halve the weight being carried. BookSplits™ is the smart, affordable and instant solution to the problem of heavy schoolbags.
WHAT IS BOOKSPLITS?
BookSplits™ is a very simple and practical solution to the heavy schoolbag problem. The BookSplits™ concept is to split each schoolbook in half, thereby giving the student the option to only carry the half of the book that is required each day, whilst leaving the other half at home or in the school locker.
The specially designed BookSplits™ rigid plastic covers are used to rebind, protect and cover each half of the book separately. They are transparent and self adhesive and when applied directly to the front and back of a book form a new rigid protective cover that is more durable and stronger than the original cover.
This procedure does not damage the book – the book is fully intact, just in two separate halves. The pack also includes a rebinding strip, to rebind both halves of the book and reinstate as a single book in the future, if required.
By carrying out this simple process, it is possible to halve the weight of a student’s schoolbooks, instantly. Although cutting books in half is counter intuitive, it is worth remembering that schoolbooks have a limited lifespan anyway and it makes sense if it reduces the risk of back and neck health problems in later life.
WHY USE BOOKSPLITS?
Cutting a schoolbook or any book for that matter can be a daunting task and is counter intuitive. Here’s why using BookSplits™ is a good idea –
- Your child has one back – damage it now and they may suffer for the rest of their lives.
- Using BookSplits™ does not damage your book – it just gives the option to carry the book in two separate parts.
- Follow the video tutorial and see how easy it is to split your book, without damaging it and apply the specially designed BookSplits™ covers to protect, rebind and cover each half separately.
The pack contains a rebinding strip that you can use to rebind both halves and reinstate as a single book, if you should wish to do so in the future.
Consent of the teacher is not required, (assuming they are your books!) as long as the student has both parts in class with them. Students then have the option to leave the part not required for homework in the school locker each evening. When BookSplits™ becomes more widely used, teachers should be able to advise students, in advance, which part they can leave at home for a week, month, term or even for a whole year.
RECOMMENDED WEIGHT TO CARRY
Health experts worldwide recommend that children should carry no more than 10% of their body weight. However, a huge number of our children are carrying 15-25% of their body weight in books every day – and this does not include sports bags, lunches or other essential items. This can lead to long-term damage to a child’s back – affecting them for life.
Health experts also warn that children risk long term and even permanent damage if they regularly carry more than 15% of their body weight over their shoulders. In recent years, The Chiropractors Association of Ireland has registered an increase in the number of back-related complaints among young people in Ireland.
This table shows the absolute maximum weight that should be carried – i.e. 15% of a child’s weight.
||MAXIMUM BAG WEIGHT
||7kg (15.4lbs = 1st 1.4lbs)
||8kg (17.6lbs = 1st 3.6lbs)
||9kg (19.8lbs = 1st 5.8lbs)