Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Junk Mail

As part of my plan to save the planet and to save my pocketbook, I'm trying to cancel all catalogs.

When I get the mail, I almost always have catalogs. This year, I'm taking a moment to cancel each one before sending it to recycling. I figure this will cut back on the immense quantity of junk coming through my house - if I don't get the catalog, that's one savings; if I don't look at the catalog, I'm not tempted to buy things I don't need. (If I needed things, I could look them up online.)

Let's see if this works. Yesterday I dropped 2; today I dropped 3.


Sue said...

A friend sent me this site a while back for cancelling catalogs: http://www.catalogchoice.org

William said...

Check the comments on catalogchoice’s site before signing up— looks like a lot of people have found it to be a frustrating experience, and not necessarily effective.

And of course, it only handles catalogs, and catalogs account for less than half of all the waste that comes through our mailboxes.

In the long run we’re going to need something that’s actually enforceable: a national Do Not Mail Registry. It would impose real fines on junk mailers that continued to stuff your mailbox with their waste, while you could still receive mail from those with whom you have an ongoing business relationship.

And it would greatly reduce the deforestation which accelerates climate change.

Sign the petition saying you support a Do Not Mail Registry at donotmail.org