Sunday, March 28, 2010

How many yellow/white pages do we really need?

How many trees does it take to make a telephone book? How many phone books get recycled every year? Is a phone book made from recycled material just green wash?

The reason I am asking these questions is because this month I received a total of 6 yellow and white pages. One is just a yellow pages for the county and then there is the complementary white pages. Then we also get a mini version of the same yellow and white pages. We also get a smaller yellow/white pages of smaller neighboring counties. Last but not least, we also get a yellow pages from the cell company. How many trees is that!

Now the books are made of recycled content and printed with soy ink. They also request that you recycle them via your local blue box. Does this make it OK?

So how many times do we still use the yellow/white pages? I have used the local yellow pages maybe 5 times last year. Most of my searching starts on-line, not in the yellow pages. Most, if not all, of this information is available on the web, in fact, I think there are many different ways of getting this information on the web.

Getting the books in print should be an option: I do realize there are many people out there that still use the regular phone books. I say the phone company should save printing costs and pass this savings on to the consumers.


  1. Hmmm for some reason only half the post can be seen. I tried reloading but still same.

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  2. Did you heard what Rob Matts said about that?


  3. I was just thinking about this because I see TONNS of them around and no one uses them. Viva la internet