We all want to stop receiving junk mail. On average, American households receive approximately 69 pounds of unwanted mail each year, most of it unwanted and considered a nuisance.
Put an end to junk mail and you'll be saving more than trees: you'll be saving water, fuel, energy and other resources used in produciing and mailing unwanted mailers and catalogs.
The junk mail statistics are pretty staggering:
And let's not forget that it's just annoying! According to Consumer Research Institute, we spend about 8 months of our life opening junk mail; that's more than an hour a week for 70 years! Stop receiving junk mail and save yourself time, as well!
There are several ways to stop receiving junk mail. Some cost money, others cost nothing more than a few minutes of time.
This should be your first stop. Direct Marketing Association respresents nearly 3,600 companies, each required to respect your preferences. Through their opt-out service, you'll be removed from many or even most of the mailers you now you receive, while still receiving the ones you want. It can be done online for free or through the mail for $1. Visit DMAchoice.org for details on how to stop receiving junk mail from their members. You can even do the same for your email.
Pre-approved offers from credit card companies probably account for the largest amount of junk mail in most households. Although it's tempting to cost them money by using their enclosed envelopes to request your removal, it sadly doesn't work (and it may be illegal). Instead, here's how you can stop receiving junk mail credit card offers:
Epsilon's Abacus Cooperative is a marketing tool for catalog and retail companies. Members contribute information about their customers in exchange for information about other customers that may be interested in their products. According to their website, you may opt out in the following ways:
Please note that by opting out of the Abacus Cooperative database, you may stop receiving catalogs that you enjoy receiving.
The above options will remove you from the majority of mailing lists.
For all others, simply contact the company. Find a phone number and give them a courtesy call. No need to be rude; just simply request to be removed from future mailings. Business prefer not to waste money and should appreciate your notifying them. This make take a minite or two of your time but will save you time in the future, as well as the resources wasted in unwanted mail.
So, until these opt-out forms start working, what can you do with all that junk mail? Here are a few ideas to create a use for junk mail:
Get creative and I'm sure you will find a use for junk mail not listed above.
Learning how to stop receiving junk mail is both reliefing and beneficial to the environment. But it's not all you can do! Be sure to keep moving forward with other Big Strides.
When you're ready for a few more steps:
Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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