If I had to guess, I’d say I get at least a half dozen different phone books dumped on my front porch a year. Nevermind the fact that I haven’t actually opened or used on of these things in more than five years. It annoys the crap out of me. Mainly because it is a huge waste of paper, but also because, while I do have recycling pickup in my area, it doesn’t account for paper products.
Imagine my delight when I stumbled across this website. I hope it gets the message across:
Yellowpagesgoesgreen.com was started because we are continually bombarded with Yellow and White Page directories at both home and office. The movement is not intended to stop the use of such directories, but to eliminate the unsolicited delivery of the books. If we want a book we will call and order one.
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
The cost associated with the delivery and disposal of these books is exorbitant. Unfortunately, these unsolicited costs fall heavily on consumers. Why are we paying for something that was delivered to our homes and offices that we did not ask for?
Sign up now and STOP THE MADNESS!