Friday, June 4, 2010

The Big Dumb Phone Book

How many trees were cut down to make the big dumb phone book that was delivered recently to my front door?

Well I found the answer via the Internet. For those who work at Yellow Pages I'll explain -- the World Wide Web is where people get all their information. Ya know, like all the information that is in the big dumb phone book you just delivered to my doorstep?

And no trees are cut down to make the paper for the information on the Internet. But lots of trees are cut down to the make the 500 million directories printed every year. In fact, according to the organization
  • 19 million trees need to be harvested
  • 1.6 billion pounds of paper are wasted
  • 7.2 million barrels of oil are misspent in their processing (not including the wasted gas used for their delivery to your doorstep)
  • 268,000 cubic yards of landfill are taken up
  • 3.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity are squandered
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