5 Simple Steps to Save Some Trees (Stop Junk Mail).

Via on Dec 16, 2012

 

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Unnecessary mail is not only annoying; it’s a lot of wasted paper.

My mail box used to be overrun with junk mail and other unnecessary mail from utilities, banks, and retail stores.  I took a few simple steps to greatly reduce the amount of unwanted mail that comes to my house.

1. Opt Out of credit card & insurance mailings.

You can electronically sign up and opt out of credit card mailings for five years, or you can print out a form and mail it in to opt out permanently. I did this several years ago and I never receive credit card or insurance offers.

2. Get off  commercial mailing lists.

Register with Directmail.com and get your name off of commercial mailing lists.

3. Sign up for electronic bill & bank statements.

This will significantly reduce the amount of mail that comes to your house. If you need a copy for your records I recommend either saving a PDF version, or printing out just the statement you need. There is always excess paper in a mailed version of a bill; this allows you to only print the paper you need.

4. Break up with the yellow pages.

With widespread use of online yellow pages, who really uses the yellow pages anymore? So unless you need them as a booster chair, it’s likely that they don’t warrant all the paper waste. Say goodbye to the yellow pages.

5. Kick the catalog habit.

Do you really need or want all those catalogs? It’s likely you order online anyway, so why not get the paper copy out of your life?

You can sign up for the free service, Catalog Choice, to add you to a no-send list for catalog spam. Also, call the company that is sending the catalog and ask them to stop. I have done this many times.

The customer service representatives are always nice and I’ve even had them tell me these are great ideas.

What are you waiting for?

 

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Editor: Jennifer Townsend

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About Jeanne Eisenhaure

A pragmatic idealist with a background in marketing, sales, and operations, Jeanne has seen firsthand how for-profit businesses can be vehicles for social and environmental improvement in addition to creating long-term sustainable financial growth. Jeanne works with mission-driven startups through her marketing agency 23 Sons to build the remarkable mission-focused businesses of the future. Why just build a business, when you can build a movement? Learn more about Jeanne and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and her most recent project YouTube. Discover her latest thoughts on marketing and using business strategy for social good on her blog at 23 Sons and connect with others focused on utilizing business for good 23 Sons Facebook page and @23_Sons on Twitter.

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8 Responses to “5 Simple Steps to Save Some Trees (Stop Junk Mail).”

  1. [...] 8. Thank a tree. As you walk down your street, notice one tree or plant every day. Thank it for making oxygen. Your life depends on it. Go one step further in appreciating trees by stopping junk mail. [...]

  2. Linda Lewis Linda V. Lewis says:

    This is GREAT! Also, at least in Canada, it seems to work to put a "NO Flyers" sign on the mailbox.

  3. Pat says:

    I feel like if I put my name in these websites I'd be putting it in a database to further send me more things.. are they legitimate for their purpose? Also, if you move does your name carry this agreement?

    • Jeanne Eisenhaure Jeanne Eisenhaure says:

      HI Pat,

      I've done all of the things above about 5 years ago and so far so good. I've moved since then, so you do need to do a little housekeeping, but so far my junk mail is about 99% less.

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  5. Jeanne Eisenhaure Jeanne Eisenhaure says:

    Just discovered a new AMAZING app called PaperKarma https://www.paperkarma.com/ where you take a photo of your junk mail and they take you off the list. I would add this as my 6 super simple way to stop junk mail.

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