Thursday, August 28, 2008

no more phone books!!!

Sorry for blog number 70 mil! This is what happens when I get my blog (read: groove) back. I go crazy for a few days and then things will calm down and I'll recede to only 2-3 per half day.

I thought this was such a great idea I just had to blog about it!

What: Cease the distribution of unnecessary phone directories to your home and/or office.
Why: Green is the new yellow.
Where: Online at

Do it seriously!! Think about how much paper it wastes when we have the internet to use instead!!


Victory said...

I certainly don't mind when you blog a lot... what are you apologizing for, girl? *nudge nudge*

Green yellow pages is a great idea. It would make finding numbers easier too, seems like...

Christina said...

that's awesome, i've been thinking they should do that for years!

Anonymous said...

I happen to be one of the owners of MyJunkTree and as a new company I search the web to see if we are getting any visibility out there and I post on relevant blogs.

We launched the company because we were tired of all the junk mail we were receiving and we personally did not want to bounce all over the web to contact all the different companies to stop it all. First and foremost we wanted to let people choose what they wanted to let come to their home knowing that some people really do like some of the coupons and catalogs. So our clients choose what they want stopped.

We also had to provide a service that is different than the other services out there, so here is what we offer:

1. We have a database of over 1300 catalogs that you can choose to stop.
2. We have over a 4000 charities/Non-Profits that you can stop solicitations from.
3. Stop the delivery of the national phone directories.
4. Stop the delivery of the weekly coupons.
5. Stop the general credit card offers as well as the ones from your own major bank.
6. Stop the miscellaneous junk mail from the data brokers.
7. You can register on the National Do Not Call Registry from the website.
8. You can order your no strings attached free annual credit report right from the website.
9. We plant trees with every new membership.

And, yes we are a paid service and yes you can do everything that we do for free, if you want to do all the research and spend the time contacting the companies yourself it can easily be done. We have just done all of the legwork for our clients and feel there is value in the service we provide.

fragilemom said...

Good point. Our phone books just get used for kid butt boosters!

Anonymous said...

What about those without internet access at their homes? How do you seperate those who do and don't have internet in their homes. If you create a database then that will require more money. To have the distributers look at addresses to pass out phone books would increase the cost. That cost would be tranfered over to the advertiser and therefore that cost passed on to the consumer.

Why not start a campaign to ensure that all unused phone books are recycled? This would keep them out of landfills and not increase cost.

Just a thought.

becki said...

Well Anonymous sounds like you've got your work cut out for you!

p.s. I think the cost saved would still be greater than spent to deliver to specific addresses. Recycling books is great, but the tree is still cut down to make the initial phone book, and then the cost is still there to go through the actual process of recycling the books. I'm okay with just not having one delivered to me in the first place. :)

LIZZY said...

i'm with you, bexes. how do i make them stop? i always come home to a nice big block of yellow pages on my doorstep without any idea of where it's come from.

LIZZY said...

oh geez, never mind. I have to actually R.E.A.D. the blog thoroughly to get my answer. :)

Anonymous said...

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