44.2 billion liters of water are used each year to produce phone books
in the U.S.
We know that many people love paper and paper products. But we believe that it’s wasteful when paper is produced only to be promptly discarded. For example, most consumers no longer have use for phone books or junk mail. And yet every year, companies produce millions of tons of paper for products that consumers no longer want or use. We think it's wasteful for companies to produce paper products that are put directly in the trash or recycling. Our goal is to help educate people about the harmful environmental impact of this practice, offer solutions to reduce consumption, and significantly decrease the production of wasteful paper products.
For many of us, recycling unwanted phone books, junk mail or catalogs is not enough. We wish those items were not printed in the first place — it’s wasteful. Fortunately, there are some terrific solutions to help consumers manage what paper products they choose to receive or to eliminate unwanted items.
Punchbowl.org envisions a world where unwanted and obsolete paper and paper-products are eliminated. While we all can appreciate paper and the value it brings, there are many instances where companies produce millions of tons of paper for products that are promptly disposed of by consumers. This waste ends up in landfills and recycling centers. Punchbowl.org was created to educate people about the harmful environmental impact of wasteful paper production, offer solutions to reduce consumption, and to provide funding to organizations that help address the problem. Learn more »