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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • EEJ

    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.

  • michael

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

  • Garrett

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

  • [email protected]

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

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