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Have you thought about your Yellow Pages or White Pages lately? You might not even know where yours is! There are so many directories online nowadays you probably don’t even open those books up anymore – they end up shoved in a closet or taken to the landfills. Check out this site and help stop the waste:

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?

Categories: green living
  1. January 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Great post!!! We are pretty green and this is one thing in our life we *can’t stand* getting and we receive 3 a year… heartbreaking 😦

    Maizie @ 2Peas

  2. January 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    We get them once a year out here. The boonies doen’st have thing slike 3 times a year phone books and garbage pickup at the curb. LOL! With so much online who needs a phonebook?

  3. January 2, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I like it that our computers all have the Yellow Pages on them, its so handy!

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