Thursday April 21st – End Junk Mail
Are you tired of getting junk mail? Did you know that you can stop most of it from stuffing up your mailbox? Many of us would be glad to stop getting irrelevant advertisements and sale promotions that we don’t look at, but we might never get around to doing something about it. Here’s a good reason to end junk mail: It’s a great deed for the environment.
More than 93.5 million trees are cut down to provide the paper for the 88 million pieces of junk mail that goes to American homes annually. The amount of energy that is required to produce and, subsequently, dispose of this mail is more than that used by three million automobiles. If you’re ready to end the junk mail cycle, here are a few steps you can take:
- Many pieces of junk mail come from the Direct Marketing Association. If you’d like to stop receiving those mailings, visit their website and tell them what mail you’d like to stop getting. This may greatly reduce the amount of paper in your daily mail.
- Stop receiving pre-screened credit card offers by calling 888-567-8688 and entering your Social Security number. This might be a good move for both the environment and your household budget.
- Start refusing unsolicited ads in the mail. Envelopes that come with the words “Return Service Requested” or “Address Service Requested” indicate that the sender is willing to take the mailings back if they are undesired. Simply write the phrase “Refused – Return to Sender” and put the envelopes back in the mailbox. Eventually, solicitations from those companies should stop.
Doing our part to cut down on our junk mail saves us time, effort and trees. Why not make a few phone calls to see if you can reduce the amount of junk mail in your mailbox? The trees in your local forest will thank you.
Sponsor: The Privacy Council
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