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Nix the phone book

September 10, 2009

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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2009 4:29 am

    Ugh, I hate when I get them. And as you mentioned they leave you SEVERAL!

    I’ll be opting out! :)
    ~ingrid

  2. foododelmundo permalink
    September 11, 2009 7:14 am

    Thanks for this link!
    I haven’t used the phone book in YEARS! and it’s always distressing when I see them on the door step. I get even angrier when the solicitors come and tell me I NEED to advertise in them – I laugh in their face and don’t care how rude I am.

  3. oneordinaryday permalink
    September 12, 2009 9:19 am

    Honest to Pete, the day after I posted this, I got TWO phonebooks from towns I don’t even live in! Both places are atleast 30-40 minutes away from me. Why on earth do I need a phone book for places I don’t even live??? Aaarrgghh. I guess it takes a while for those websites and petitions to start working. {shrug}

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