The Phone Booth: Recycling an Endangered Species, The Phone Book

Alex at Shedworking shows the Phone Booth, built almost entirely from 7,000 phone books by students at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. The books are used not only as wall material, but are laminated together to make the structural beams that hold up the roof.

Their professor, Richard Kroeker, told TreeHugger in 2005:

There are thousands of them thrown out every year when the phone company comes and brings in a new phone book for the year. It occurred to me that they're more or less a building block.

But could you build this today? In our survey in January, 79.02% of our readers said that they don't use them anymore. Jaymi wrote last year that we should Say No to Phonebooks Campaign Works to End an Old School Waste of Paper. I suspect that Professor Kroeker would have trouble rustling up 7,000 phone books in Halifax today.

More on Phone Books:

Do You Use Phone Books?
Recycled Telephone Books are an Artist's Canvas
Say No to Phonebooks Campaign Works to End an Old School Waste of Paper

Tags: Living With Less | Recycled Consumer Goods

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