May 11 2008
The Yellow Pages and related phone directories are bulky paper monsters that constitute a huge waste of resources and energy. Adding insult to injury, these products don’t even seem to serve any useful purpose in a paperless Information Age. It’s waste for waste’s sake.
When was the last time you actually picked up a phone book rather than checking online (or just calling 411)?
Let’s force our government to take action and force the publishers of these products to implement an opt-in requirement for anyone who still wants these dead trees brought to their door.
Put your name to an online petition by joining the Facebook group, “The Yellow Pages Must Be Stopped!”
Be responsible. Help the planet.
Thanks to eco-friendly media maven Michael Klassen for leading the charge on this issue with his paperless blog post (Letter to Vancouver Sun re: Phone Books).
UPDATE: Thanks to some very spot-on corrections by some very helpful people, I’ve been informed that virgin trees are not used in the production of the Yellow Pages and have changed the content of this post to reflect that. I humbly stand corrected.
Nonetheless, given that so many of these books do go straight to a recycling bin, I still stand by the statement that “the Yellow Pages and related phone directories are bulky paper monsters that constitute a huge waste of resources and energy”. Thank you for your assistance, people.