So you know how a phone book always magically appears on your doorstep? Usually unannounced and unwanted. We typically recycle them when we get them but wouldn't it just be better if you NEVER got one in the first place? Then they won't use all that paper to make them and then all that time and energy wasted in distributing them to us greenies who prefer less paper???
Well a new site is going to be doing just that. They will contact the Yellow Pages people that distribute to you and they will remove you from their list.
Here is a little blurb from their site about who they are:
"Yellowpagesgoesgreen.org is an organization working to educate consumers and promote the green movement to eliminate the unsolicited delivery of Yellow and White Pages books. This site is aimed at starting a national movement to solicit the White/Yellow Pages industry to proactively stop the delivery of books or to begin moving legislation to mandate the stoppage of this activity. This movement should be similar to the National No-Call Registry that have stopped and/or decreased the number of unwanted solicitations telephone calls to consumers. "
Here are some surprising facts about phone books:
*540 million directories are printed annually in the United States.
*The average weight of each directory is 3.62 lbs.
*1.79 directories are printed for every man, woman and child in the US.
*The phone directory industry is worth over $13 billion in the US (that figure doubles to $26 billion worldwide).
*It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of paper.
*It takes over 19 million trees to make half a trillion directories.
*It takes 380 gallons of oil to produce that ton of paper (over 7.2 billion barrels per 500,000,000 books).
*3 cubic yards of waste are taken up by one ton of paper (that equates to 1.6 billion lbs per 500,000,000 books).
*Over 270,000 cubic yards of landfill are taken up per 500,000,000
*7,000 gallons of water go into the production of one ton of paper.
*4,000 kilowatts of energy are also needed to make that ton of paper (3.2 billion KW hours/500,000,000 books).
Facts from WiseBread.com.
So GO! Opt out! unless you actually USE those things or rip them in half or something. Personally, my book ripping days are over; although I wasn't quite strong enough for a phone book....and you know, since I busted my hand up its hard to REALLY grip something now.
Here's the link!! YellowPagesGoesGreen.org