I hate junk mail. I’m sure you do too.
And so does the environment, according to the daily green:
A report by the group ForestEthics estimates that destroying forests to make paper for junk mail releases as much greenhouse gas pollution as 9 million cars.
Another way to look at it: Junk mail produces as much pollution as seven U.S. states combined, or as much as heating 13 million homes each winter.
Fortunately, there are solutions:
- Do Not Mail
- Operated by the non-profit organization Forest Ethics, this is an online petition to stop junk mail.
- DMA’s Mail Preference Service
- Just like email subscription preferences, this is the Direct Marketing Association’s snail mail preferences. For a one-time $1 fee, they’ll reduce most of your most junk mail.
- Created by the socially-conscious Tonic Generation, this for-profit business will remove you from junk mail lists for a one-time fee of $20, or $36 for an extra bundle that includes two CFL light bulbs, a re-usable shopping bag, a t-shirt, and a children’s book. Or you can opt for a do-it-yourself guide that they’ll send you – plus a $1 payment. Not bad!
If you hate junk mail as much as I do, maybe one of these solutions can help. Good luck!