Nix the phone book
It’s Eco-Friendly Friday!
When was the last time you used the phone book? My fingers do their walking across my computer keyboard, yet we still receive no less than 3 different phone books every year. It makes me crazy. I’ve done a little research and found that over 540 million phone books are distributed every year. That’s over 19 million trees! Then there’s the oil, the gasoline, the electricity, and the solid waste in producing and delivering them. And that’s not even taking into account the books themselves. You can bet plenty of those are ending up in landfills too.
So, what’s the solution? In today’s world, I don’t understand why they’re still delivering mass quantities of phone books. I think they should have an “opt in” policy where you can let your phone company know if you want a phone book, otherwise, you won’t get one. There is some hope on the horizon though. You can visit Yellow Pages Goes Green to add your name to a sort of “do not deliver” list, or stop by the Paperless Petition to “opt out” of the phone book. Both are easy to do. You’re online right now, so you’re halfway there. Check it out.