6.07.2009

Opt out of paper-wasting phone books

One of the things I've really been bothered with for the past few years was phone books. I didn't want them, didn't use them, and hated the waste that they were.

But every single year, there on my doorstep would be, not one, not two, but THREE phone books that I didn't want. There's the Yellow Pages, then there's the Verizon phone book and then there's some other smaller book that I think is in addition to the Yellow Pages.

I hate the waste and the deforestation, but you know what the biggest issue is? I don't even have Verizon phone service. And I haven't had their service for several years now.

I use the internet for everything and I never, ever use the phone book. All it does is take up valuable space on a bookshelf because I feel too wasteful to simply throw it out immediately. Ha. It's like I figure if it sits there till next year, when the next one comes, it's not being wasted quite so much.

Anyway, I'm trying to catch up with my ever-increasing magazine pile and I was just reading the April issue of Reader's Digest (pg. 129). In it, there is a handy little tip for opting out of phone book delivery! Finally!

Interested in opting out too? Simply go to yellowpagesgoesgreen.org. Fill in your name and address. Then they will send you an email to confirm your opt out decision. Easy enough.


2 comments:

kenc said...

There is no "deforestation" as a result of printed Yellow Pages



While the popular myth is that this industry is responsible for the neutering of forests, the reality is the Yellow Pages industry doesn’t knock down any trees for its paper!!! Let me repeat that – they don’t need to cut any trees for their paper supply.



Currently, on average, most publishers are using about 40% recycled material (from the newspapers and magazines you are recycling curbside), and the other 60% comes from wood chips and waste products of the lumber industry. If you take a round tree and make square or rectangular lumber from it, you get plenty of chips and other waste. Those by-products make up the other 60% of the raw material needed. Note that these waste products created in lumber milling would normally end up in landfills.



For more information go here: http://www.yptalk.com/archive.cfm?ID=390&CatID=3

Kookaburra said...

kenc,

Sorry I never really knew (or cared much) whether phone books were made with recycled paper or not.

But that's not exactly my point here. My point is that it is a COMPLETE waste. It takes much more than recycled paper and wood chips to produce a phone book. SOme of what comes to mind is... electricity, shipping of said recycled paper and wood chips, etc.

Oh, and let us not forget the trucks shipping the phone books. The cars that must deliver each phone book to each and every single house.

It's wasted resources all around. So you really can't get your panties all in a bunch over whether it's deforestation or not.

The point is wasted resources for something I DON'T EVEN WANT.

And the point of my post is that now there is a convenient, easy way to OPT OUT of soemthing you don't want or use.

Sorry to get all rampant, but I'm passionate about these things.