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How To Stop Unwanted Phone Books

Back in September, fellow blogger Ransom asked how to stop unwanted phone books. I have long wondered this myself, as I use the internet for all my phone number lookups. Now, I don't think the phone book is a bad thing -- it's just something that I don't need, and it gets old picking up the new phone book and dumping it right in the recycling bin. So after a little research, today I'll offer the long-sought answer to this problem. Yes folks, you can finally stop the delivery of phone books you don't want, effectively short-circuiting the recent routine of phone book delivery and immediate recycling.

Thanks to Shelby Wood of The Oregonian, stopping the phone books is just a click (or call, or actually several calls) away. Wood writes:

GET FEWER PHONE BOOKS

Several Web sites claim to be able to remove you from phone book delivery lists, but there's no guarantee publishers will honor any third-party request. For now, the best way to reduce or eliminate deliveries is to contact each publisher.

DEX/Qwest: Go to dexknows.com; select "directory options" at bottom of page; click through screens until you see "personalize your directory order." Under "available directories in your area," choose 0, 1, 2 or 3 from pull-down menus. Or call (800) 422-8793, press 2 to speak with a person

Yellow Book: (800) 929-3556, press 3 to speak with a person

Idearc/Verizon: (800) 888-8448, remain on line to speak to a person

Other phone books: Check for a phone number for customer service or "to order directories" on front cover or inside page

Recycling: Outdated or unwanted phone books can be included in curbside carts

More information:

Yellow Pages Association

Product Stewardship Institute's Phone Book Project

And to the above I'll add a bit from Common Craft:

AT&T/YellowPages (formerly SBC and Bell South): 1.800.792.2665

Read the rest of Wood's article for an interesting analysis of phone book statistics -- including this fact: "a whopping 80 percent [of phone books] will end up in a landfill."

See also: do not call lists and The Trouble with Phone Books.

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Watch the First-Ever Footage of a Baby Dumbo Octopus
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Dumbo octopuses are named for the elephant-ear-like fins they use to navigate the deep sea, but until recently, when and how they developed those floppy appendages were a mystery. Now, for the first time, researchers have caught a newborn Dumbo octopus on tape. As reported in the journal Current Biology, they discovered that the creatures are equipped with the fins from the moment they hatch.

Study co-author Tim Shank, a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, spotted the octopus in 2005. During a research expedition in the North Atlantic, one of the remotely operated vehicles he was working with collected several coral branches with something strange attached to them. It looked like a bunch of sandy-colored golf balls at first, but then he realized it was an egg sac.

He and his fellow researchers eventually classified the hatchling that emerged as a member of the genus Grimpoteuthis. In other words, it was a Dumbo octopus, though they couldn't determine the exact species. But you wouldn't need a biology degree to spot its resemblance to Disney's famous elephant, as you can see in the video below.

The octopus hatched with a set of functional fins that allowed it to swim around and hunt right away, and an MRI scan revealed fully-developed internal organs and a complex nervous system. As the researchers wrote in their study, Dumbo octopuses enter the world as "competent juveniles" ready to jump straight into adult life.

Grimpoteuthis spends its life in the deep ocean, which makes it difficult to study. Scientists hope the newly-reported findings will make it easier to identify Grimpoteuthis eggs and hatchlings for future research.

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London Grocery Chain Encourages Shoppers to Bring Their Own Tupperware
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Why stop at bringing your own grocery bags to the store? One London grocery wants you to BYO-Tupperware. The London Evening Standard reports that a UK chain called Planet Organic has partnered with Unpackaged—a company dedicated to sustainable packaging—to install self-serve bulk-food dispensers where customers can fill their own reusable containers with dry goods, cutting down on plastic packaging waste.

To use the system, customers walk up and weigh their empty container at a self-serve station, printing and attaching a label with its tare weight. Then, they can fill it with flour, nuts, or other kinds of dry goods, weigh it again, and print the price tag before taking it up to the check out. (Regular customers only have to weigh their containers once, since they can save the peel-off label to use again next time.)

Planet Organic is offering cereals, legumes, grains, nuts, chocolate, dried fruit, and even some cleaning products in bulk as part of this program, significantly reducing the amount of waste shoppers would otherwise be taking home on each grocery trip.

Zero-waste grocery stores have been popping up in Europe for several years. These shops, like Berlin's Original Unverpackt, don't offer any bags or containers, asking customers bring their own instead. This strategy also encourages people to buy only what they need, which eliminates food waste—there's no need to buy a full 5-pound bag of flour if you only want to make one cake.

The concept is also gaining traction in North America. The no-packaging grocery store in.gredients opened in Austin, Texas in 2011. The Brooklyn store Package Free, opened in 2017, takes the idea even further, marketing itself as a one-stop shop for "everything that you'd need to transition to a low waste lifestyle." It sells everything from tote bags to laundry detergent to dental floss.

[h/t London Evening Standard]

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