We just got a brand new phone book tossed onto our porch. The first of several to come, I’m sure.
At least three different ones arrived at work – Yellow Pages, Yellow Book, Names and Numbers, and two sizes for each. That’s a lot of waste. And yet it seems that people are still more likely to “google” the information.
Over 600 million phone books are printed every year, and huge amounts of energy and resources are used in the making of them. How much paper does it take to print them all? And what happens to them when the new one comes out? I hope they all get recycled, but I also imagine that many of them end up in the landfill.
I have an idea.
Build a house with the walls made out of phone books. Not load-bearing walls, but using the phone books for infill and insulation. If the wall frames were built to fit the size of a phone book, the books could be stacked up like bricks inside.
You could have 8 to 10 inch thick solid walls, and it seems to me that the phone books would be compressed by the weight of the ones on top, and there wouldn’t be the air space necessary for fire danger.
Who’s gonna build one first?