How to stop junk mail, this is something I have been trying to figure out for the last year. Opening my mailbox to find large amounts of unwanted solicitation is almost as irritating as seeing you have 10 new emails and finding that 9 of them are spam mailings. I wonder why companies would actually think we want these mailings; it is almost like taking your garbage or recycling and dumping it in someone’s front yard. At a time when the environment is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and businesses are striving to be green companies, destroying trees to send unwanted mailers is not only damaging to the environment but ones business reputation.
Still thousands of companies who do not have a green commitment continue to do this, resulting in more than 100 million trees being destroyed each year to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper. The only way to stop this type of environmental destruction is to find a way to get off the junk mailer’s list. This maybe easier than it sounds, initially I tried to call the companies that were regularly sending me the junk mailers and asked to be removed from their mailing list, although time consuming slowly but surely this does work but unfortunately it won’t be long before a different company's mailer shows up.
Thankfully, I recently found 41pounds.org, a company committed to helping home owners fight the junk mail crisis. 41pounds.org are a non-profit environmentally conscious company that gets it’s name from the amount of junk mail the average person receives each year (credit card applications, catalogs, coupon books, etc.) which for the most part goes directly into the trash can or recycling bin. Even with recycling programs all over the country, the majority of household waste is junk mail, and paper takes up about 40% of landfill space!
41pounds.org contact the mail direct companies on your behalf, all you have to do is sign up for their services. There is a small annual fee but they will take care of the rest, guaranteeing to reduce your junk mail by 80-85%. I already like the sound of that percentage, which means your junk mail waste would shrink on average by 34lbs a year. Additionally not only through their actions will the preservation of trees and reduction of waste in landfills result, they also donate more than 1/3 of their fee to community and environmental organizations. These organizations plant trees, protect watersheds and strengthen our communities.
Like most people reading this blog, I feel very passionately about junk mail and trying to eradicate it as much as possible. Signing up with 41pounds.org seems like a great way to start the process of making this actually happen. If you don’t want to pay the small fee, still check out their website as they give some great tips on how to reduce junk mail without their services. Ask your local businesses to stop sending junk mail and becoming a green company.
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