24 January 2011

Organization works to stop the waste by banning the phone book

Right now, there is a stack of 12 phone books outside our apartment’s front door. It wouldn’t be so ridiculous if 99.9% of the people who lived here weren’t college students who use the internet, iphones, blackberry, etc. to obtain the same information contained in that phonebook—but without the waste of trees, energy, and space.

They have been piled up in blue plastic bags for over a week and none of us are going to take them. I decided to leave our units right there, because our building doesn’t even offer recycling; I have to illegally carry my recycling over to the neighbor’s. With up to 5 million trees being cut down each year to make the white pages alone and only 22% of recipients recycling them, I’ve decided that the only thing that phone books are good for is watching my cousin rip them in half.

That said, banthephonebook.org has had over 50,000 people sign the petition to ban the phone book. Be honest with yourself. Don’t argue that they’re still around for the advertising, because the audience just isn’t there anymore with our surrounding technology (and 1-800-free411). Of course if you do still love your phonebook, banthephonebook.org has a solution of an opt-in delivery program.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

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