Over the holidays, I probably saw at least – (at LEAST!) – 50 catalogs hit my mailbox… what a waste. Sadly, I didn’t use one of them.
But the start of a new year certainly has me thinking about reducing the amount of junk that hits my mailbox. I can think of, maybe, one catalog that I actually used in all of 2008, so let’s stop it now!
Did you know that the average adult receives 41 POUNDS of junk mail each year?!? That’s a lot of wasted trees and natural resources, and 44% of it is said to wind up in landfills, unopened! But 41pounds.org says they can change all that and block 80-95% of your unwanted mail. Plus, a third of your fee goes to an environmental cause that you get to choose. The fee is said to cover the removal of these unwanted mailings for 5 years!… yea, that’s 205 pounds of mail we’re talking about! Can you even imagine?
Catalog Choice is another service that allows you to say “no more” to unwanted catalogs! This service is free and all you need to do is select the ones that you’d like (love!) to opt out of and they’ll tell the catalog companies “thanks, but no thanks” for you. That certainly sounds like something I’d like to give a try.
I also have a backlog of magazines that I never got to. I’m sure they have information that I’d love to read, but will I really? So maybe we should consider paperless magazines, sent directly to our inbox. Zinio is a publishing company that offers digit versions of tons of magazines delivered electronically through email or to mobile devices. Their list has over 200 titles and their Read Green Initiative is actually giving away free one-year subscriptions to some of the most popular mags too!
So, this year, spread some serious tree-love and say ‘no 41 pounds for me!’