Cartoneras refers to publishing houses that have grown out of this recycling or salvage economy. The production of Cartoneras started in Argentina in 2003 in the wake of the financial crisis that gripped the nation. Now, cartonera publishers can be found throughout Latin America, Africa and Europe. With a growing collection of more than 1,950 volumes representing over 75 different cartonera publishers, UW-Madison’s Ibero-American collection holds the largest and most comprehensive cartonera collections in the U.S.
Cartoneras are a great launching pad for lots of projects and learning opportunities for students. Take a look at the material included on this page for links and lesson ideas.