Ditch the phone book

I am a loyal subscriber to Ideal Bite. I receive their sassy "going green" tips on a daily basis, and here was yesterday's tip:

Wanna study up on how to stop getting phonebooks?

The Bite
Don't cheat yourself or the forest. Sign up and you'll never receive another paper phonebook.If 10,000 people opt out of a phonebook, we'll keep about 620 trees standing. Taking notes?

The Benefits

  • More paper for textbooks. About 540 million unsolicited phonebooks arrive at American doors annually - takes a lotta trees to make those.
  • Majoring in waste reduction. Phonebooks make for about 660,000 tons of trash every year.
  • Extra credit: less annoyance. Just lugging phonebooks into the house when you know you'll never use them is a pain.
Shortcut Tip
None of us have used a paper phonebook since the advent of Google SMS (send a text message to 466453 with business name and zip code, and you'll get the number and address sent to you).  [we are also big fans of www.yellow.com - a digital phone book ready at your finger tips!]

Wanna Try?
  • Earth 911 - recycle your old phonebooks (if you have curbside recycling, just toss them in there).
After you have freed yourself from the Phone Book, if you are interested in shedding some of that pesky junk mail, be sure to check out this "Junk Mail Tip" from Ideal Bite.


  1. Thank you! I hate getting phone books dropped on my porch.

  2. there will be no more wasted phone books in our home...

    thank you.


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