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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Green plan: Sign up for a catalog reduction service

Junk mail
I started working on this green plan action back in January. See that photo .... that's my stack from this weekend.

Saving up my junk mail was the easy part. The hard was signing up for DMAchoice and doing the dirty work ... finding each catalog, non-profit and retailer and either emailing, calling or filling out a form to get rid of the junk mail and I'm not entirely done because I'll probably get more junk mail in the mail.

The non-profit stack alone killed me. I signed up at the ACLU booth at SXSW in 2010 and I'm pretty sure they sold my name because non-profit junk mail didn't start appearing until after that.

Another tip someone told me was to was write "return to sender, remove from list" on the envelopes from businesses and organizations that send you the letter and drop back in the mail. I wonder if you do that if non-profits have to pay the return postage? I would hate for donations to go to paying for my return postage

To get more details on this green action plan, check out Practically Green.

If you have tips and tricks on junk mail, I would love to hear them!


  1. This is a task I need to accomplish as well! I don't have any specific info, but I read "The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget" a while back and I remember reading some good info about signing up for junk mail reduction services. There was a small fee involved for at least one of them - but I think it was supposed to be pretty effective! You might check that out - if not I'll check out the book again soon!

  2. You know, today I was cleaning out the car, which happens to be the landing to all of the junk mail...and I threw it away 'cause I really didn't know what to do with it! Do I just through it in the recycle bin?! I'm NEW NEW NEW at this, but following you in hopes to not only change my life personally, but also to change my business'.



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