Last month I wrote about Do Not Mail -- a way to encourage the end of junk mail in your mailbox.
Today I read about a movement to end the distribution of phone books.
When was the last time you reached for a phone book? My point, exactly. I don't think I've opened one in at least 2 years, and probably looked through one maybe 4 times in the last 10 years. The internet has everything I need.
In the meantime, millions of phone books are still being printed, using tons of resources (trees, water, gas for delivery). There are half a million households in this country, so a white phone book plus a yellow phone book for each household equals 1 million phone books. And that is not counting all the phone books that go to businesses! Not only that, but I get phone books from 2-3 different companies, and every year they go and sit on a shelf, untouched, then get tossed in the recycling bin when I get my annual delivery.
I, for one, would love to stop receiving phone books. So I signed up for that here. Go to that website and click on the "Sign Up" button if you prefer not to receive phone books. Trees, not phone books!
Update: I have been informed that the Yellow Pages does not use any virgin trees for their phone books. That is very good news! They use 40% recycled material (from what we recycle curbside -- newspapers and magazines, etc.) and 60% wood chips/waste materials from the wood industry (which is a better use for those products than going to the landfill). So the environmental impact is not as bad as one would think. That is good news for those that like using phone books.
However, since I don't use phone books I would still love to stop getting them and see that material being used for other paper products. I think it would make a huge impact if all businesses used recycled white paper for their copy machines/printers, etc.