Every time I see a phone book at the end of our driveway, I get mad. I didn’t ask for it, I don’t want it, and I don’t use it. I shove it in my cabinet and it sits there for a year until the next one comes. Then I pull it out and take it to be recycled… and so the process repeats year after year. I called once to have them stop, but I don’t think anything happened… we still have 5 pristine phone books. Today I found a site which says it can help you opt-out of receiving phone books. Yayyy!!!! I hope it works.
Consider these facts (borrowed from the About page on the site):
Over 500 million of these directories are printed every year. That is nearly two books for every person in the country! These directories produce a staggering amount of waste, not only in terms of misused natural resources but also in filling of valuable landfill space.
To produce 500 million books:
- 19 million trees need to be harvested
- 1.6 billion pounds of paper are wasted
- 7.2 million barrels of oil are misspent in their processing (not including the wasted gas used for their delivery to your doorstep)
- 268,000 cubic yards of landfill are taken up
- 3.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity are squandered