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I wonder if you can opt out of phone books at this point. They still show up on my doorstep on a regular basis, like four different volumes. Who uses an analog phone book anymore? A monumental waste of paper. Mine go right into the recycling bin — I save one for using as scarp paper for gluing and craft and modeling projects.

Here’s a idea sent to us by Chrissy of OneCraftyPlace for turning a phone book into an office desktop organizer. You could also use this for light tools on a workbench.

Recycle a phone book into a pen organizer

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. EEJ says:

    In some states, local phone service providers are required by law to provide every citizen with a physical phone book. I doubt many of these laws have been addressed in the last few years, which means that we’ll all continue to receive the phone books, like it or not.

  2. michael says:

    i called last week to opt out – tired of them showing up. whole process took 5 mins (in TEXAS). highly recommended.

  3. Garrett says:

    I think phone books are actually digital…remember “let your fingers do the walking”?

  4. says:

    Thanks for sharing the tip about getting removed from mailing lists. Awesome idea to recycle phone book.

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