January 7, 2009

Mailbox Clutter

Reduce Your Mailbox Clutter—by getting rid of unwanted catalogs.

Each year, 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers. You can free up space in both your mailbox and our landfill, plus reduce manufacturers’ costs, by opting out of catalogs that you no longer want to receive. Visit http://www.catalogchoice.org/ (.org, NOT .com) for a user-friendly and free service, funded by the Merck Family Fund and endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Just find the catalogs you want discontinued and this free service will contact the merchant on your behalf and request that they no longer send you their catalog. You can always contact the companies yourself, but this is easier. Almost 600,00 people have already joined the Catalog Choice community and opted out of 7.2 MILLION catalogs.

ForestEthics tells us that it takes more than 100 million trees to produce the total volume of junk mail that arrives in American mailboxes each year—that's the equivalent of clearcutting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every 4 months. Each American household receives about 800 pieces of junk mail each year. It's NOT your imagination!

So ForestEthics has mounted another agressive campaign to stop unwanted catalogs at http://www.donotmail.org/ This group also releases an annual "Santa's list of nice retailers" that use recycled paper and avoid paper from endangered forests.