yellow-pages-dartIf you’re online, who needs a printed phone book? You can search, find, and contact the person or company much faster with a click than a flip.  And think of the paper you save.

I read this terrific sustainability blog from Green Living Tips about the environmental impact of printing and distributing the White and Yellow Page phone books, and how you can opt-out.

Phone books are hugely unsustainable. Did you know that according to Yellow Pages Goes Green, in the USA alone the 540 million directories represent:

  • 19 million trees to provide the paper
  • 1.6 billion pounds of paper wastage
  • 7.2 million barrels of oil (not including delivery)
  • 268,000 cubic yards of landfill
  • 3.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumption

Ugh! The post has more startling green information.  So I opted-out of my Yellow Pages delivery this morning at

Now, to get rid of all of those old telephone books around your home and office, here are some uses short of tossing it in the recycling bin:

Packing material

  • Shredded, wet, then compressed into bricks for wood fires
  • Paper mache crafts
  • Composting
  • Mulching
  • Useful as food for a worm farm
  • Bird cage liners and general pet cleanup chores
  • Wet and mold into biodegradable seedling pots

Let me know when you’ve opted out and what you’re going to be doing with your old books. Please share this blog with your world, and save a few trees in the process.

(Photo: Small Business Commando News)