Wednesday, March 23, 2011

De-Junk Your Mail

Junk mail is one of my biggest pet peeves. It wastes trees, water, fuel, energy, and time. Did you know that we spend about 8 months of our lives opening junk mail?! To top it off, the typical direct mail response rate is only about 2%, which means that the majority of the valuable resources used in this process are completely wasted. 

Here's some things you can do to stop the inflow of unwanted paper products to your mailbox.

1. Create an account with DMAchoice that allows you to opt-out of receiving catalogs, magazines, and pre-screened credit and insurance offers (my personal nemesis). You can also do the same thing for junk e-mail.

2. Send an email to Epsilon's Abacus Cooperativ ( and include your full name (including middle initial), current address, and previous address if you have been at your current address fewer than six months. However, be aware that opting-out with Epsilon may cause you to stop receiving catalogs that you actually want or subscribe to.

3. For others, simply contact the company and ask to be permanently removed from their mailing list. I have to do this fairly often, since I tend to reorder things from the same companies, which must automatically put me back on their mailing lists. 

Anyone else have helpful hints on how to get rid of junk mail?

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