Thursday, April 19, 2007
Battling Junk Mail
In honor of Earth Day 2007, some tips on battling junk mail:
It seems that mailboxes act as a magnet for junk mail. Unwanted catalogs, credit card offers, and other mailings waste paper, time, and could endanger your privacy if they fall into the wrong hands. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to reduce the flow of junk mail. The Bay Area Recycling Outreach Committee has a Stop Junk Mail kit that consists of several pre-addressed letters to direct mail clearinghouses (the Direct Marketers Association, for example) and an all-purpose form letter that can be used for catalog companies and other junk mailers. Although the program was put together by a Bay Area group, the form letters and links can be used by anyone in the U.S.
If you really want to stop junk mailers and don't mind paying a few dollars, the Greendimes company will actively work to reduce your junk mail for a small fee. Their service costs $3 per month (and includes a tree planting in your name) and promises to be more effective than the letters mentioned above. There are also several books available with detailed plans to stop junk mail, which can be found in bookstores or at on-line booksellers (searching for "junk mail" is a good way to find some of them.
Image Credit: Picture from Liam Quin's Pictures From Old Books Web site, via Compendium of Public-Domain Image Links by Nonpartisan at Daily Kos.
Random link from the archive: An Hourglass of Pollution: The Uneven Burdens of Trade (June 2006, at Eat Local Challenge)