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Unwanted Phonebooks

By Fredrica Syren:

For lots of people, there is nothing more frustrating than finding those heavy phonebooks sitting on the doorstep. Let’s get real: how long has it been since you’ve used a phone book to look up a phone number? With today’s access to phone numbers (residential or commercial) on the Internet or via IPhones, IPads, Blackberries and computer, phone books are (for most people) unwanted trash.phonebooks

The worst part is not that they are mostly unwanted but that the negative environmental impact is huge. It is estimated that 650,000 tons of phone books are distributed in the United States each year but that most of them are thrown away as soon as received. Unfortunately, most of them end up in a landfill because only 117,000 tons of phone books are recycled each year.

unwanted phonebooksTo produce 650,000 tons of paper for these phone books in the U.S., 5 million trees are cut down, 44.2 billion liters of water are required and lots of greenhouse gasses are emitted each year. Then, delivering the phone books to our doors creates even more impact on our planet.

So, what can you do to stop this waste? To stop receiving phone books go to National Yellow Pages Opt-Out Site and register to stop the delivery of phonebooks to your home. If you still receive them, always make sure to recycle your unwanted phone books. I always like to find creative ways to use unwanted things, so I found 17 creative ways to reuse phone books on care2.com. One idea that I have successfully tried is using the pages to clean windows and mirrors. Another idea I wish I had thought of when we recently moved is using the phone book paper for wrapping glasses and as packing material.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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  1. You can say a petition (just your name and zip code) at http://www.banthephonebook.org/!

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