Get Rid of Junk Mail

clearcutforestEvery year, over 100 million trees are cut down and processed to create junk mail. To put that in perspective, that's the equivalent of clearcutting all of Rocky Mountain National Park every 4 months. It's not just trees that get destroyed, the whole ecosystem of the clear cut area is destroyed along with the trees.

Some of us find junk mail annoying. We didn't ask for it. Yet it arrives each day relentlessly. 

Now you can stop most of it pretty easily. Here's how:

  1. Opt out of pre-screened offers from credit card and insurance companies. The FTC has a great web page called Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email that has information on what you need to do.
  2. Opt out of catalogs using Catalog Choice.
  3. junkmailOpt out of mailings by contacting the company sending the item you don't want using an option below:
    1. Go to their website and opt out there, if they are someone you do business with. Most companies have a place to do this.
    2. Call them and opt out via phone. Almost all mailers have a way to contact the company that sent the mail. 
    3. Email them - the danger here is that they may send you SPAM instead using the email address you used in contacting them.
  4. Use a private PO box. I have found that junk mail companies avoid these addresses. 

Using the methods above, I have reduced the amount of junk mail I receive to about 1 piece per week, usually from a real estate agent, and no catalogs at all. At that rate, a phone call to the sender is easy.

Please join me in saving a tree or 100 million!